With US Consulate General in Mumbai initiating steps to eliminate the backlog of visa applications, Mumbai is all set to become the leading non-immigrant US visa processing post in the world, a senior Consulate official said on Thursday.
"The US Ambassador David Mulford was not happy with the waiting time for visas creeping up from two to six months. With the new measures in place, an applicant can now get an appointment within six days," Consular Section Chief Glen Keiser told reporters.
"We will soon be the busiest post in the world," he said.
Mumbai is at present the 12th busiest non-immigrant visa processing post in the world with Mexico and Seoul being the leading posts, Keiser, who had served in Mexico before joining Mumbai last month, said.
The US consulate would shift to a new building at Bandra-Kurla complex in 2008, Consul General Michael S Owen informed, adding that the new building will have more staff, greater space and a larger waiting hall.
The Mumbai Consulate has added over 8,000 appointment dates to the schedule for the next three months and would continue to add appointments on a daily basis.
"We will start interviewing applicants even on alternate Saturdays to meet the growing demand for the US visas," Owen said.