Almost a month after opening up visa slots for Indian citizens over the weekends
the United States has now announced that it will issue visas to one million Indians this year.
“The US Mission has already processed more than two lakh applications at our Embassy and Consulates in India and we’re on track to hit our goal of processing more than one million non-immigrant visa applications in 2023,” a spokesperson from the US Embassy in New Delhi told The Indian Express.
“Our goal is to process one million visa applications, which include non-immigrant visas of all categories,” the spokesperson added.
In 2022, the US Department of State processed around nine million non-immigrant visa applications worldwide, according to the Embassy.
The non-immigrant visa categories include those for business, travel, students visas and crew visas.
To achieve the target, the Embassy is adding more staff, expanding the scope of drop-box facilities and opening up interview slots over the weekend to smoothen the process for Indian citizens. The waiting time for visas has already decreased significantly.