The US State Department has recently implemented a series of recommendations made by the Presidential Commission, aimed at reducing the visa backlog in India.
The commission observed that the long delays in visa appointments were causing significant problems for students and visitors who plan to come to the US. This article outlines the key steps taken by the US State Department to address the visa backlog in India.
One of the key recommendations made by the Presidential Commission was to allow virtual interviews for visa applicants, wherever possible.
This would enable embassy staff from around the world to help conduct interviews and clear the backlog of applications. The US State Department has implemented this recommendation and is now conducting virtual interviews to reduce the processing time for visas.
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Expanding Embassy Resources
The Presidential Commission also recommended opening up American diplomatic missions outside of India for visa appointments and deploying additional resources to process visa applications.
The US State Department has followed these recommendations and has expanded its resources to better handle the high volume of visa applications.
The US Embassy in India processed over 100,000 applications in January 2023, their highest total in a single month and the highest since July 2019. This highlights the need for the US State Department to take action to reduce the visa backlog in India.
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The US State Department’s implementation of the recommendations made by the Presidential Commission will go a long way in reducing the visa backlog in India.
By allowing virtual interviews and expanding embassy resources, the US State Department is taking steps to address visa appointment delays and make the process more efficient for students and visitors.
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