U.S. Embassy Releases 1,00,000 H&L Work Visa Slots

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By CNBCTV18.com IST (Released)

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The waiting time for first-time B1 and B2 visa applicants was 884 days in Delhi and 872 in Mumbai as of October 14.

The US Embassy in India has issued a lakh of appointments for H&L work visa applicants to meet the high demand for work visas. First-time applicants will be allocated priority slots.

Announcing the update on Twitter on Friday, the U.S. Embassy said thousands of applicants had already booked appointments and the U.S. Mission in India had cut the wait time for the waiver in half. interview and first appointments.

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“This mass appointment opening reflects our continued commitment to H&L workers,” the US Embassy in India said in the tweet.

The tweet thread further stated that in the first nine months of this year, the US mission in India processed over 1,60,000 H&L visas. The mission will continue to prioritize H&L workers for visa appointments as resources permit, she said.

Until Friday, the waiting time for new B1 and B2 visa applicants was 884 days in Delhi and 872 in Mumbai, the Hindustan Times reported.

Among the nonimmigrant work visas in the United States, the L-1 and H-1B visas are the most popular. Those who work for multinational corporations primarily opt for L-1 visas, while those who intend to work for US companies and want more employment flexibility opt for H-1B visas.

Last month, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of visa delays with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The move comes after US Embassy Counselor Don Heflin acknowledged on September 30 that there are people in the US on H&L visas who have been unable to visit family. and in their homes since the start of the pandemic.

Heflin had said the embassy would open 100,000 appointments in 2023 for this category of visas in the coming weeks.

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