External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar put visa-related challenges before the US.
The waiting period for Indians getting US visa has increased to 800 days.
The waiting period for visa to Indian students is 430 days.
New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that he explained some of the challenges related to visas for Indians in the meeting of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken said the issues were largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also reassured S Jaishankar that the United States was aiming to address those concerns. According to the website of the US State Department, the waiting period for Indians seeking to obtain a visitor visa in the US has increased to 800 days. The waiting period for student/exchange visitor visas and other non-immigrant visas is approximately 400 days.
According to the NDTV report, Indian students make up about 20 percent of all international students in the United States. In the year 2021, the Open Doors report showed that 167,582 students from India went to the US in the 2020-2021 academic year. The US State Department website shows that the average waiting time for a visa appointment at a consulate in New Delhi is 833 days for visitor visas and 430 days for student visas. If applying for a US visa from Mumbai, the average waiting time for a US visa appointment is 848 days for a visitor visa and 430 days for a student visa.
The waiting time for all other non-immigrant visas is 390 days in Delhi and 392 days in Mumbai. In a joint press conference, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday said India does not believe that the effectiveness or quality of democracy should be decided by others. He said that every country moves towards democracy, human rights and good governance from its history, tradition and social context. “We have spoken over the past two days on our commitment to strengthen democracy, human rights and good governance,” Jaishankar said in a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.(from input language)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 28, 2022, 04:11 IST