In a press conference, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price stated that nearly 125000 student visas were issued by the United States embassy and consulates in India during the fiscal year 2022, breaking their previous record.
While responding to a query over the slowdown in clearing visas backlog for Indian tourists, Price admitted that there was a delay but also said, “Our embassy and consulates in India broke their record for the number of student visas given in the single fiscal year 2022. We have granted almost 1,25,000 student visas.”
We recognize that some applicants may still face extended visa wait times. And we are making every effort to reduce visa interview appointment wait times as soon as possible, he said.
Price stated that the United States is committed to preserving national security and making it easier for non-immigrant travelers to travel legally. Additionally, he stated that the administration’s goal and timely visa processing are crucial to the US economy.
US Sets New Record By Issuing 125000 Student Visas for Indians
Moreover, the price stated, “We have doubled the hiring of US foreign and service personnel to do this important work“. Highlighting the United States’ efforts to expedite visa processing. Visas processing is recovering more quickly than anticipated and over the coming years we expect to reach pre-pandemic processing levels.”
In November 2022, a senior official at the US Embassy expressed confidence in India. They are stating that New Delhi is expected to surpass China in the number of visas issued by 2023 and will rank second behind Mexico.
“By the summer of next year, we expect that India will acquire more US visas than China. A senior official at the US Embassy in New Delhi stated. India is expected to rank second in the issuance of US Visas after Mexico”. The senior official at the US Embassy in New Delhi said that slots will be available in mid-November.
“We would not have a long wait time for various visas. A senior official from the US Embassy added, “There is some wait time for each category.”
The United States has made available 100,000 H and L worker visa applications. This has already taken place, reducing wait times.
“India is Washington’s top priority right now. Students, high-tech workers, tourists, and businessmen make up a large portion of our population,” the official continued.