The US is undertaking “enormous efforts” to solve the issue of long wait times in the issuance of the visa in India, US Charge d’Affaires Envoy Elizabeth Jones said on Friday, recognizing what is going on in the nation is especially “terrible” because of the high demand.
Additionally, the newly appointed diplomat stated that the problem is on the “top of the mind” of Washington, and efforts being initiated to cut the wait time for the grant of visas included recruitment and training of visa counselors.
Concerns about the lengthy wait times for first-time visa applicants, particularly those applying for the B1 (business) and B2 (tourist) categories, have increased in India.
Jones said during a meeting with the media that the coronavirus pandemic was to blame for the problem of long visa wait times. Adding that long backlogs were reported from all over the world.
Because there is such a high demand for visas, they are particularly bad in India. That is one of the major aspects; She stated, “It’s one of the big differences.”
Efforts to cut the wait time for issuance of the visa in India
Jones also mentioned that Washington is currently undergoing significant recruiting and training efforts. To recruit and train vice counselors for numerous locations.
She stated, “Our mission in India is going to get quite a few of them… By the summer, we will be staffed fully here in Delhi and in our consulates. To issue visas and conduct these interviews.”
In India, first-time applicants for B1/B2 visas must wait close to three years.
“We recognize how challenging this has been. “I can assure you that this is a very serious issue that is on the top of Washington’s mind. And there is a tremendous effort to solve the problem here in India,” Jones added. “We have asked for your patience.
She also mentioned that this year, the United States granted 82,000 visas to Indian students.
“We are incredibly satisfied to have truly done a juggernaut work to give 82,000 student visas,” she said.
Jones added that efforts are being made to “reduce and eliminate” the amount of time it takes to issue H1B visas.
Indians make up a large proportion of the recipients of H-1B and other work visas. Granted to skilled foreign workers, many in the technology industry.
Employing foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Is made possible by the H-1B visa, which is a non-immigrant visa.