Indian visa applicants require a wait-time of over two years just for getting an appointment, a US government website showed, while the timeframe is only two days for countries like China.
There’s an appointment wait-time of 833 days for applications from Delhi and 848 days from Mumbai for visitor visas, shows the US State Department’s website. In contrast, the wait-time is only two days for Beijing and 450 days for Islamabad.
For student visas, the wait time is 430 days for Delhi and Mumbai. Surprisingly, it’s only one day for Islamabad, and two for Beijing.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who is in the US, yesterday raised the issue of visa applications backlog with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The top US diplomat said he’s “extremely sensitive” to the issue and that they are facing a similar situation around the world, a challenge arising due to Covid.
He said the US has a plan to address the backlog of visa applications from India. “I think you’ll see that play out in the coming months, but it’s something that we’re very focused on,” said Blinken.