B1/B2 Visa: India’s Ambassador-in-Charge to the US Elizabeth Jones said on Friday (December 2) that the US is making tremendous efforts to solve the problem of long wait times in issuing visas in India. He acknowledged that the situation in the country is particularly bad because of the high demand for visas.
The newly appointed diplomat said the issue is at the top of Washington’s priorities and efforts to reduce waiting times for visas include recruiting and training visa counselors.
Concerns are growing about long waiting times
There are growing concerns about long waiting times for first-time visa applicants in India, especially those applying under the B1 (business) and B2 (travel) categories. US Embassy in-charge Ambassador Elizabeth Jones told the media that the problem of long waiting for visas started due to the Corona virus epidemic. “The situation is particularly bad in India because the demand for visas is very high,” he said.
Waiting time is close to three years
The waiting time for first time B1/B2 visa applicants in India is close to three years. Elizabeth Jones said, “We know this has been a very difficult situation. We ask that you be patient. I can guarantee you that this is a very serious issue that is at the top of Washington’s priorities and here in India Tremendous efforts are being made to solve this problem.
He said that the US issued 82,000 visas to Indian students this year. A few days ago it was reported that the waiting time for B1/B2 visa is 1000 days, which means the next chance for visa interview will be in the year 2025.
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