New US visa rules to cut waiting period for Indians — All you need to know

New US visa rules to cut waiting period for Indians — All you need to know

The US Embassy said Indians travelling abroad can get a visa appointment at the US embassy or consulate of their destination.

The US embassy in India on Sunday said that Indians who are travelling abroad can get a visa appointment at the US embassy or consulate of their destination as the current waiting period for a US visa is more than 500 days in India.

It cited the example of Thailand, as it has the appointment capacity for B1 and B2 visas (travel and business).

"The US Embassy in Bangkok has opened B1/B2 appointment capacity for Indians who will be in Thailand in the coming months," it said in a tweet.

The US embassy had also taken measures such as scheduling special interviews for first-time applicants and increasing the strength of consular staff to clear the backlog.

An embassy official told news agency PTI that the US is "putting every ounce of its energy" into eliminating the long visa wait time in India, including sending a cadre of consular officers to the country and opening up its other overseas embassies as far away as Germany and Thailand for Indian visa applicants.

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India was one of the very few countries where applications for US visas saw a major upswing after coronavirus-related travel restrictions were lifted.

But there have been growing concerns in India over the long waiting period for first-time visa applicants, especially for those applying under the B1 and B2 categories.

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