For a long time, Indians have been concerned about the lengthy processing times for US visas. Last year, the wait time for a B1 or B2 visa appointment at the US Consulate in Mumbai was as long as 848 days, causing significant inconvenience to travellers.
However, there is some good news on the way, as the US has taken steps to reduce visa delays for Indians.
The country has sent four temporary officers from its consulates around the world to help with visa operations in Mumbai, with the goal of shortening visa interview wait times and facilitating travel to the United States.
US Consulate Officers Deputed to Mumbai
The US Consulate in Mumbai recently tweeted a video introducing the consular officers who have been assigned to Mumbai on a temporary basis.
These officers include Jessica, who has been tasked with reducing visa interview wait times; Justin, who will facilitate travel to the US; Brooke, who will work to boost India-US business opportunities, and Dan, who will support family reunification.
These officers have taken time away from their regular duties in various parts of the world to assist with visa operations in Mumbai. Their knowledge will be useful in expediting visa processing and making travel to the United States more accessible to Indians.
All hands on deck to reduce visa wait times! Our incredible team of consular officers have temporarily left their regular duties around the world, from @StateDept in D.C. to the @USConsulateNaha, to help out with visa operations in Mumbai. Together, we are #HereToServe. pic.twitter.com/T2MpNp8Mb5
— U.S. Consulate Mumbai (@USAndMumbai) February 28, 2023
Current Visa Wait Times for the US Visa
According to the latest information, visitors to the United States on B1/B2 visas are required to go through an interview process, which has led to significant wait times at various consulates in India.
The wait time for an interview in New Delhi is 614 calendar days, while Mumbai and Chennai both have wait times of around 694 and 679 calendar days, respectively. Hyderabad has a wait time of 610 calendar days, and Kolkata is at 564 calendar days.
|Interview Required Visitors (B1/B2)||Wait Times|
|New Delhi||614 Calendar Days|
|Mumbai||694 Calendar Days|
|Chennai||679 Calendar Days|
|Hyderabad||610 Calendar Days|
|Kolkata||564 Calendar Days|
Additional Measures to Cut-short Visa Processing
The US government announced a series of initiatives last month to reduce visa processing times in India.
These include special interviews for first-time applicants and an increase in consular staff strength. These measures will go a long way towards streamlining and streamlining the visa application process.
The deployment of consular officers from around the world, as well as the adoption of new initiatives by the US government, is a positive step towards reducing the wait time for Indians seeking US visas.
These measures are expected to make the visa application process easier and faster, making it easier for Indians to visit the United States for business, education, or personal reasons.
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