Reports from senior US diplomat Donald L Heflin suggest that the US Embassy and its consulates in India are planning to add more staff to process around 800,000 visas next year to fill the vacuum created in due to the pandemic.
The Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the US Embassy, Donald L Heflin, told reporters that some changes to student visas would also be announced in the coming weeks.
According to Donald, approximately 800,000 visas are expected to be approved over the next 12 months. He added that they have opened many slots for issuing visas and are ready to meet the demand for H and L visas.
Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the United States had issued 1.2 million visas, and Donald expects to reach the same number over the next two years.
Donald clarified that the number is not very high on Indian visas which have been suspended due to Covid. He said the embassy would also make further announcements on student visas in the coming weeks.
Donald also said that they are opening a new office in Hyderabad, and other such branches in New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai will be opened to accommodate new staff to handle the huge demand.
He assured that all consulates have a permanent telephone number and an email address for visa applicants regarding their appointments.
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