U.S. Embassy Wait Time for Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Reduced to Less Than 6 Months


The US Embassy in Ghana says the wait time for appointments after nonimmigrant visa applications has decreased.

The new waiting period, according to the US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, is now less than six months.

“It has been down for two and a half years when I arrived earlier this year. It is still too long, but we continue to take measures to continue to reduce waiting times, especially for renewal”, she said.

The diplomat made the comments in a video posted on the Embassy’s official social media accounts on Friday, October 21, 2022.

Addressing the candidates, she explained that the plight of international students is also at the heart of her office’s activities.

She said the embassy has also “worked to ensure that students receive expedited processing to facilitate their education before classes begin.”

“We processed a record 7,000 student visa applications in the last 12 months alone. That’s almost 70% more than our previous record,” Ms Palmer explained.

The Ambassador revealed that a total of 32,000 visa applications have been processed in the past few years alone.

Compared to these figures, more efforts are being made to reduce the backlog of cases and further reduce the wait time, according to its assessment.

Virginia Palmer is also aware of the need to draw attention to immigration visa applications, adding that “you can rest assured that reducing wait times for immigration visas is very important to us” .

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