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India raises US visa delay issues; Blinken promises action

Sep 28, 2022 08:15 AM IST

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said that this was a crucial issue given its centrality to education, technology, business and family reunions

Washington: India has raised the issue of visa delays and hurdles in human mobility with the United States, while the US has promised to work on it and promised action within a few months.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addresses a press conference, in Washington DC on Tuesday. Blinken said that he was “extremely sensitive” to the issue and if it was any consolation, this was a challenge the US was facing around the world. (ANI)
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar addresses a press conference, in Washington DC on Tuesday. Blinken said that he was “extremely sensitive” to the issue and if it was any consolation, this was a challenge the US was facing around the world. (ANI)

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said that this was a crucial issue given its centrality to education, technology, business and family reunions. “There have been challenges of late. I have flagged it to Secretary Blinken and his team and have every confidence that they will look at some of these problems seriously and positively.”

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he was “extremely sensitive” to the issue and if it was any consolation, this was a challenge the US was facing around the world. “It is a product largely of the pandemic. Our ability to issue visas dropped dramatically during Covid. This is a self financing part of the State Department…When Covid hit, the demand for visas fell..the system as a whole suffered..”

He said that the US was building back and had a plan when it came to India to address the backlog of visas. “You will see that play out in the coming months. We are focused on these connections, people-to-people ties..the last thing we want to do it is make it difficult but instead want to facilitate it. So please bear with us.”

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    Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

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