RECORD-BREAKING U.S. VISAS FROM HYDERABAD
Rise of Hyderabad to the top in number of USA student visas from India followed by Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai.
Demand for USA Visas from India
A noteworthy jump in demand for visas in all categories was recorded where the applications rising by 60% compared to 2022. Hyderabad is playing a crucial role in this increase in Indian representation, as 10% of those applying for U.S Student visas were from Hyderabad.
Focus on USA Work Permits
USA Work permits continue to be of utmost importance. Consular Team India combined the majority of petition-based visa processing in Chennai and Hyderabad to improve efficiency. This allowed the U.S. Mission to reduce the appointment wait time while processing over 3,80,000 employment visas for Indians and their families in 2023. To further streamline the procedure for qualifying H1B holders, a pilot program would allow them to renew their visas in the U.S. in 2024.
Surge in USA Visitor Visas
USA Visitor Visas (B1/B2) applications are increasing to almost 7,00,000, the second-highest amount in the history of the U.S. Mission. To meet this demand, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mumbai conducted a three-month workforce surge early in the year, expanded the number of permanent employees, and used creative technical solutions. The nationwide appointment wait time for visitor visas has decreased from an average of 1,000 to just 250 days because of process improvements and staffing increases. In every other category, there are minimal wait times.
The U.S. Mission is still looking for methods to improve the effectiveness and convenience of its consular services while also making investments in the future of such services in India.
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