US Embassy in India releases over 1 million H, L visa appointments

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New Delhi: The US Embassy in India has issued over a lakh appointments for H and L work visa categories and their family members.

“In response to the high demand for employment-based visas, the US Mission to India recently issued over 100,000 appointments for H&L workers and their families,” the US Embassy in India tweeted.

It was one of the key assurances the US mission gave after Foreign Minister S Jaishankar raised the visa delay issue with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month.

“Thousands of applicants have already booked appointments and the waiting time for interview waiver and first appointments has been cut in half across Mission India. This mass opening of appointments reflects our continued commitment to H&L workers,” the embassy added in a tweet. .

The US Embassy further stated that in the first nine months of 2022, the US Mission has already processed over 160,000 H and L visas and will continue to prioritize H and L workers. for visa appointments as resources permit.

Consular officials are now temporarily permitted, until December 31, 2022, to waive in-person interviews for certain individual nonimmigrant work visas and their eligible derivatives in the following categories: persons in skilled occupations (H-1B visas ), Special Education Interns or Visitors (H-3 visas), Intracorporate Transferees (L visas), Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities or Achievements (O visas), Athletes, Entertainers, and Entertainers (P visas) and participants in international cultural exchange programs (Q visas), added a statement from the US State Department.

Additionally, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has extended the current ability for consular officials to waive in-person interview, through December 31, 2022, for the following other nonimmigrant visa categories: agricultural workers and temporary non-farm (H-2), students (F and M visas) and student exchange visitors (Academic J visas).

“We recognize the many contributions international visitors make to our communities and campuses. Finally, permission to waive the in-person interview for applicants renewing a visa in the same visa class within 48 months of visa expiration previous has been extended indefinitely”, added to the version.

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