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US issues record 1.4 million visas to Indians in 2023

The US Consular Workforce in India achieved a milestone by processing an unprecedented 1.4 million US visas in 2023, bringing down customer visa appointment wait time by 75 per cent.

The US Embassy and Consulates in India reported that Indians now account for one-tenth of all US visa candidates globally.

“In 2023, the US Embassy and Consulates in India processed a record-smashing 1.4 million US visas. Demand across all visa classes was unprecedented, with a 60 per cent increase in applications compared to 2022. Indians now represent one out of every ten US visa applicants around the world,” stated US embassy in an announcement.

Customer visas (B1/B2) have surged, marking the second-highest quantity of functions within the historical past of the US Mission, totaling over 700,000.

Via enhancements in processes and investments in staffing, the wait time for customer visa appointments throughout the nation has drastically diminished from a median of 1,000 days to a mere 250 days, with minimal ready durations throughout all classes.

“The US consular team in India issued over 1,40,000 student visas in 2023 – more than in any other country in the world setting a record for the third year in a row,” the assertion added.

Among the many particular states, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai are the highest 4 pupil visa processing posts on the planet. This has made Indian college students the most important group of worldwide graduate college students in the US. They make up greater than 1 / 4 of the over a million international college students learning in the US.

The US Embassy and Consulates additional acknowledged that ’employment visas’ stay a prime precedence.

Consular Workforce India consolidated most petition-based visa processing in Chennai and Hyderabad to extend effectivity, resulting in the processing of over 3,80,000 employment visas for Indians and their members of the family in 2023 and permitting the US Mission to keep up a minimal appointment wait time.

In one other improvement, a pilot program this yr will enable eligible H1B holders to resume their visas in the US, additional streamlining the method for this group.

It additional knowledgeable that the Consulate Basic Mumbai eradicated a queue of over 31,000 immigrant visa circumstances delayed by the pandemic.

Those that have a pending immigrant visa petition and are prepared for scheduling can now receive an appointment inside the usual, pre-pandemic appointment window, it added.

“The US Mission continues to invest in the future of consular services in India and explore ways to provide more efficient and convenient services. These investments have included the opening of a new USD 340 million facility in Hyderabad in March 2023, the announcement of two new consulates in Ahmedabad and Bangalore, continued capital improvements to our facilities around the country, and the permanent assignment of more consular officers to India,” the assertion added.

With inputs from companies

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