U.S. Embassy India to Host Virtual Live Chat on September 29 to Respond to Visa Wait Time Issues | India is blooming

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New Delhi/IBNS: Amid long queues and waiting times for the United States visa, the U.S. Embassy in India will host a frank virtual conversation with the country’s Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Don Heflin, to address concerns on Thursday.

Indian citizens awaiting visas or with questions can join the virtual session live on the Facebook and Instagram pages of the United States Embassy in India from 3 p.m.

In the tweet, the US Embassy in India wrote, “Visa appointments are now open for all categories! But due to high demand, waiting times remain high. Join us on Thursday, September 29 at 3 p.m. IST on the U.S. Embassy India Facebook and Instagram pages. for a candid conversation with our Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Don Heflin.”

Earlier this year, the United States removed physical interview requirements for many applicants, including students and workers, until December 31, 2022.

Such applicants eligible for the waiver are students (F, M, and academic J visas), workers (H-1, H-2, H-3, and individual L visas), culture and extraordinary ability (O, P, and Q visas).

The waiting period for Indians wishing to obtain a visitor visa to the United States has increased to 800 days, according to the US State Department website.

The waiting period is nearly 400 days for student/exchange visitor visas and other non-immigrant visas.

Indian students make up almost 20% of all international students in the United States, with the Open Doors report in 2021 showing that there were 167,582 Indian students in the United States in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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