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US issues 1,40,000 visas to Indian students, improves people-to-people ties with India

Washington: As part of the Biden administration’s effort to boost people-to-people ties with India, the US issued more than 1,40,000 visas to Indian students last year and is taking several steps to reduce visa appointment waiting periods.

In an interview to PTI, Julie Stifft, deputy assistant secretary of state for visa services, said US missions in India work six, seven days a week to ensure that students are interviewed before their classes begin. Can go.

He said, this year America made a big effort to focus on the demand coming from India.

“We are really proud of what we have done in India this year. I think for the first time in history, we set a target of issuing one million visas in India and not only did we accomplish that, but in several months This was also done.” Go ahead. So, the numbers will go much further than this.

“There are record-setting numbers this year for workers, crew members and students applying to India to come to the United States,” he said.

Stuffat added, “We specifically made sure that we looked at students who were applying coming out of India. India is now the largest source country for foreign students in the United States, as well as many other visas. Even in the categories. This is very important for us. We have had many cases where the interview was waived, so there is no interview for Indian travelers who have traveled earlier and are now going back to the US. Last year, the US issued a record more than 1,40,000 visas to Indian students, he said.

“For students applying to India, I would say the biggest thing is that the missions there have worked six, seven days a week to interview students to make sure they are accepted before their classes start. Everyone can be interviewed. The scale and significance of the effort “We want to make sure that we have the provisions that we put in place in the visa process for Indian students coming to the United States. We want to make sure that everybody gets the same,” he said. Get a chance.”

The US is working on taking several steps to reduce visa appointment wait times in India, which are still somewhat high, Stought said.

“I hope (it will reduce) this year, that is, this financial year for us. But we are sending a large number of officers to India to manage the waiting time and move them around the country as required. I mean, It’s gotten a lot better but it still needs a lot of reduction,” she said.

“We recently had a state visit. Everyone from the President to Ambassador (Eric) Garcetti to the Secretary of State is committed to ensuring that people-to-people ties expand between our two countries. We look forward to it have been out in the visa process. So, we really expect more innovations and a much faster process in the future,” Stuffat told PTI.

The State Department official said anyone interested in traveling to the US for any reason should apply as soon as possible.

“If you are traveling for work-related reasons, there is another special channel to use. There is a special channel to use so that business-related visas can also be prioritized. Bear with us, I would say That as soon as we get over this.

“India is unique because it represents the highest number of visas across multiple categories. Not just visitors, not just students, not just maritime crew members but highly skilled work. I mean, it’s a huge draw for us across the board.” There is tremendous demand. So our priority is to reduce all those wait times,” she said.

During a media roundtable with a group of foreign journalists hosted by the Foreign Press Center, Stuft said the U.S. has issued more than 10.5 million visas so far in 2023, 2 million more than he anticipated and nearly the highest level ever. But it is. -At the usual level in its foreign missions.

“Half of our foreign missions have set their own records for visa adjudications in that country. We have set records for visa adjudications, for work visas and for student visas as well as in some (other) categories,” he said.

As for 2024, the U.S. is still working very hard on reducing wait times, Stuft said.

“In some overseas locations, we still have very long waiting times, some still taking over a year for one category of visa, which is a first-time visitor, to be interviewed for their visa. Is required.

“Wait times are down across all other categories globally, but we are very focused on interview wait times for first-time visitors and what is very interesting for us is that the places where we have seen the increase in visa production this year. have set records, those are the same locations where we still have really high wait times. That indicates a very high level of demand and we’re using this year to have these five or six locations with really high wait times. “We’re going to have to get control of that,” she said.

(This report is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Except for the headline, the content has not been modified or edited by ABP Live.)



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