On Thursday, the US embassy in India announced a significant milestone, having successfully processed over one million non-immigrant visa applications this year. This achievement marks an unprecedented record for India, surpassing pre-Covid levels from both 2019 and 2022 by nearly 20%. Notably, Indians now constitute more than 10% of all visa applicants globally, with 20% seeking student visas and 65% applying for H & L category employment visas. The embassy enthusiastically welcomed this substantial growth.
In the previous year, more than 1.2 million Indians traveled to the United States. In the near future, the US embassy plans to launch a pilot program allowing qualified applicants in the H & L category for employment visas to renew their visas domestically.
Eric Garcetti, the US ambassador to India, emphasized the significance of the partnership between the two nations, highlighting it as one of the United States’ most vital bilateral relationships and one of global importance. He emphasized the strengthening bonds between the people of both countries and expressed the commitment to sustaining the record-breaking volume of visa processing in the coming months. This effort aims to provide as many Indian applicants as possible with the opportunity to experience firsthand the enduring friendship between the United States and India.
While the waiting period for B1/B2 visitor visa applicants in India still stands at approximately 1.5 years, this is a notable improvement from the nearly three-year wait experienced last winter. The embassy attributed this reduction in wait times to several measures, including the expansion of its staff and enhancements to existing facilities.
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