Hyderabad, September 09: The US consulate in Hyderabad will soon have 55 visa counters and the services of the consulate will improve significantly, a senior US diplomat has promised Native Americans in the region.
Senior US diplomat Jennifer Larson, who is now traveling to India to lead the US Consulate in Hyderabad as Consul General, interacted with a group of prominent Indian Americans from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. She said she would work to improve visa services and strengthen India-US relations, PTI news agency reported.
During the lunch meeting hosted in his honor by Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Ravi Puli, Larson spoke in detail about his efforts to improve visa services, including having 55 visa interview windows and will improve services considerably. This is his second trip to India.
The first time was at the consulate in Mumbai. She answered several questions ranging from bilateral relations, immigration issues and the longest wait times for visas. She also mentioned the highest priority given to student visas, among other things, according to organizers.
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In his remarks, Ravi Kota, Minister (Economic) of the Embassy of India highlighted the potential opportunities for strengthening economic relations between the United States and within the consular jurisdiction in India covering Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
He thanked Puli for facilitating Larsen’s interaction with other Indian-American entrepreneurs who have an equal interest in Hyderabad and the United States.
Kota also drew the Consul General Designate’s attention to the economic strengths of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.
“As the Consulate in Hyderabad will be the largest consulate in Asia…will strive to create more jobs in both countries and especially in the Telugu states as the unemployment rate is very high although that there is a high talent pool,” Puli said. “Although we enjoy the highest standard of living in the United States, we must not forget our roots and do our best to empower our fellow citizens while contributing to the country we live in by being part of several businesses, corporations non-profits, among others,” he added.
Article first published: Friday, September 9, 2022, 10:34 a.m. [IST]