For US visas, Indians have to wait over 800 days. But China citizens get it in…

Updated on Oct 03, 2022 11:15 AM IST

US Visa For Indians: Applicants in New Delhi for the B-1 business visa and B-2 tourism visa face an estimated wait time of 833 days, or more than two years.

US Visa For Indians: In Mumbai, the average wait time for a US visa appointment is 848 calendar days for a visitor visa.
US Visa For Indians: In Mumbai, the average wait time for a US visa appointment is 848 calendar days for a visitor visa.

As wait time for visa appointments in India reaches over two years, a controversy raged over social media comparing the timeframe to appointments for visa in China.

Applicants in New Delhi for the B-1 business visa and B-2 tourism visa face an estimated wait time of 833 days, or more than two years, to receive an interview appointment, according to the US state department’s website. This means that a person applying for a visitor visa is expected to get an appointment in January 2025.

US Visa For Indians: In New Delhi, the estimated wait time of 833 days.
US Visa For Indians: In New Delhi, the estimated wait time of 833 days.

The time at the consulate in Kolkata for these visas is 767 days, and the figure for the consulate in Mumbai is 848 days.

In contrast, the wait times for visa applicants living in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are significantly shorter compared to Indian cities. The wait time at the US embassy in the Chinese capital of Beijing is two days.

US Visa For Chinese: The wait times for visa applicants living in Beijing is shorter.
US Visa For Chinese: The wait times for visa applicants living in Beijing is shorter.

The US Embassy in India on Tuesday announced it has opened the appointments for all categories of visas adding that the wait time remains high owing to high demand for the visas, reduced staffing and pandemic-related disruptions in operations since March 2020.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said this week that he flagged visa related challenges for Indians to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in their meeting. Blinken reassured Jaishankar that the United States was aiming to address those concerns.

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