Do you need a US visa, wait for 3 years..!?
It has come as a shock to those waiting to travel to the US that the waiting time to get a US visa has increased drastically in recent times. Although there are many categories of visitors to the United States, the most commonly used visas are business Visas (B-1) and Tourist visas (B-2). Other visas are given only in a limited number, so the competition and access are different. In this situation, the indian people are severely affected due to the increased waiting period for widely used visas.
For first-time applicants for US business visas (B-1) and tourist visas (B-2), the waiting period is now almost three years. This means that if you want to travel to America and apply for a visa now, you will get it after 3 years. The US State Department said in a statement on tuesday that the global average wait time for a tourist visa (B1/B2) interview appointment was less than two months as of this month. With india experiencing a surge in post-coronavirus applications, the wait time for US visas has hit an all-time high since the US began processing visa applications. According to data from the US State Department, the current wait time for an interview for B1/B2 visa applicants in mumbai is 999 days. This is 994 days in Hyderabad, 961 days in Delhi, 948 days in Chennai, and 904 days in Kolkata.As this waiting period has increased, so have grandparents, mothers, and fathers who are waiting to see their sons, daughters, and grandchildren. Similarly, new or young entrepreneurs who suddenly need to get a visa to do business will suffer. The waiting period for US visa applicants in india has shockingly approached three years for the first time. A first-time B1/B2 visa applicant can face an interview only in late 2025.When US Embassy officials were asked what people should do in this situation, they should continue to apply so that those in the queue can move forward. This is the status for those who pay any fee. Urgent Appointments Visa applicants who meet the criteria will get an interview appointment date within a few days. We are committed to reducing such applicant wait times as soon as possible,” the US State Department said in a tweet.Visa applications for students are given priority due to current admissions in US colleges. This is followed by expedited drop-box applications for skilled workers, followed by repeat B1/B2 visa applicants (who are eligible for an interview waiver if their visa expires within four years of visa application).To correct this as the visa interview period increases, the US has made more applicants eligible for interview waivers. These are treated as dropbox cases and sent abroad and approved with temporary staff.