The Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that it has not raised the issue with the country, but that it expects the visa system of a country to be predictable and less time-consuming. This comes amid reports that people in India who are seeking a tourist or business visa for the US visa wait may have to wait for three years.
According to media reports: MEA on a 1,000-day US visa wait
New Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) Amid reports that people in India seeking a tourist or business visa for the United States may have to wait for three years to get one, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said it has not raised the matter with the country but expects the visa system of a country to be predictable and less time taking.
People who want to visit the United States on B1 (business) or B2 (tourist) visitor visas will have to wait nearly three years, and applicants from India will have to wait close to 1,000 days.
Inquired/Asked if the matter had been taken up with the US visa wait, MEA Spokesperson/Representative Arindam Bagchi said, “We believe that when individuals need should head off to some place, the visa framework ought to be basic. This is what we anticipate.” We would not want someone commenting on our system,” But we would want the system to be predictable, simple, and not take much time. We have seen that the US embassy has stated that they are taking measures to ensure that there is not much delay. We hope the waiting time is reduced,” Bagchi said. PTI.
The waiting period for first-time applicants for US business (B-1) and tourist (B-2) visas now exceeds three years.
For first-time visitor visa applicants or others who do not qualify for an interview waiver drop box application in India, the waiting period is quickly approaching three years.
The US State Department claims that B1/B2 applicants in Mumbai currently have to wait 999 days for an interview; In Hyderabad, 994 days;961 days spent in Delhi 904 in Kolkata, and 948 in Chennai.
“The global median wait time for a tourist visa (B1/B2) interview appointment is under two months as of this month,” the US State Department stated on Tuesday.
Asked if the matter had been taken up with the US, MEA Representative/Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We believe that when individuals need should head off to some place, the visa framework ought to be basic. This is our expectation.”
“We would not want someone commenting on our system,” he stated, explaining that it had not been officially discussed.
“However, we would like the system to be easy to use, predictable, and quick. We have seen that the US visa wait embassy has stated that they are taking measures to ensure that there is not much delay. Bagchi stated, “We hope the waiting time is reduced.”
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