The American Embassy in India has given good news to Indians going to America. The American Embassy in our country has announced that visa applicants from India can now take appointments in other countries as well. The move is aimed at reducing the number of backlogs and reducing the waiting period for US visas by up to 800 days at some centers in India.
The American Embassy in India has tweeted to this effect. Are you going to tour internationally in the coming days?’ US Embassy in India tweeted. If so, you can make a visa appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate at your destination. For example, it states that this facility is being provided to Indians in countries like Thailand for B1 and B2 visas.
On the other hand, the US Embassy in India informed in another tweet that they have processed more than 1 lakh visa applications. It said that it will expand its team this March. In a tweet on February 4, the US Embassy said, “The US Mission in India processed over 1 lakh visa applications this January. This is the highest number of visa applications since July 2019 and the highest number of visas processed on a month-on-month basis.” The capacity is increasing day by day.
Earlier on January 21, the US Mission in India had started an exclusive Saturday interview process to reduce the waiting time for first-time visa applicants. The US Embassy in New Delhi, consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad resumed consular operations on Saturday to accommodate applicants requiring in-person visa interviews.
According to a statement released by the US Embassy in India, the US Mission will continue to open additional slots for appointments on select Saturdays. These extra days of interviews are among the measures taken to clear the backlog in visa processing due to COVID-19.
The US Department of State has implemented remote processing of interview waiver cases for applicants with previous US visas. According to the statement, dozens of temporary consular officers from Washington and other embassies will come to India between January and March to increase processing capacity. The US Mission in India released 250,000 additional B1/B2 appointments two weeks ago.