The USA is making each effort to scale back the ready time for visa interview appointments in India as quickly as potential, a State Division spokesperson mentioned Wednesday.
“Visa processing is recovering sooner than projected and over the approaching yr, we anticipate to succeed in pre-pandemic processing ranges,” State Division spokesperson Ned Value instructed reporters at his day by day information convention.
The U.S. issued extra scholar visas within the fiscal yr 2022 than in any yr since 2016, he mentioned, including that its embassy and consulates in India particularly broke their all-time report for the variety of scholar visas issued in a single fiscal yr.
“We issued almost 1,25,000 scholar visas. We acknowledge that some candidates should face prolonged visa wait occasions, and we’re making each effort to additional cut back visa interview appointment wait occasions as rapidly as potential in India and around the globe, together with for first time vacationer visa candidates,” he mentioned.
Responding to a query, Mr. Value mentioned he actually understands the frustrations of these having lengthy wait occasions. “I can let you know that it’s a precedence of the Secretary and of the Division to do every part we will to scale back that backlog and in the end to scale back the wait occasions. We’re dedicated to safeguarding nationwide safety whereas facilitating official journey to nonimmigrant travellers,” he mentioned.
“And we all know that well timed visa processing is crucial to the U.S. financial system and to the administration’s purpose of household reunification. We have made nice strides in recovering from pandemic-related closures and staffing challenges, however we’re nonetheless working to answer the numerous demand for visa companies,” he added.
Mr. Value mentioned the demand for visa companies has solely elevated as pandemic restrictions have eased in international locations the world over and persons are in search of alternatives to journey to the US.
“We’re efficiently reducing visa wait occasions worldwide. We have doubled our hiring of U.S. International Service personnel to do that vital work. Visa processing is recovering sooner than projected and over the approaching yr, we anticipate to succeed in pre-pandemic processing ranges,” he mentioned in response to a query.