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Posted on November 29 2022

US opens more Visa slots in India for B1/B2 applicants

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Updated May 10 2023

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Highlights of US opens more visa slots in India for B1/B2 applicants

  • United States opens more B1/B2 visa slots for appointments of applicants who are eligible for interview waivers in the coming months.
  • The wait times for appointments for B1 or B2 visa slots are altered and the interview waiver appointment wait time is 233 days in Delhi, 171 in Chennai, and 297 in Mumbai.
  • The applicants who have applied for a renewal of visas within 48 months of expiration like B1/B2 can choose an interview waiver.
  • The global average wait time for B1 (Business visa) and B2 (Tourist visa) appointments is 2 months as of November.
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US opens visa slots for B1/B2 applicants in India

United States opens more appointments for B1 or B2 visa applicants for the coming months in Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai who are eligible for interview waivers.

The present wait times for an appointment of B1 / B2 with an interview waiver are as follows:

US Embassy in India Wait time for appointments (in days)
Chennai 171
Delhi 233
Mumbai 297

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Wait times for renewals and first-timers

Applicants for visa Median wait time for appointments
Applicants for renewing B1/B2 visa within 48 months of expiration and opt for an interview waiver One month
First-time applicants for B1/B2 visas Nearly three years

United States B1/B2 visa applicants

The US handles the increasing backlog of applications and has given opportunities to more applicants to be eligible for interview waivers, by sending dropbox cases abroad for settlement and obtaining temporary staffers.

Visa Priorities of the US

  1. Currently the US prioritizes students as it is admission season,
  2. Next it has prioritized drop box cases for skilled workers.
  3. Third priority is B1/B2 visa aspirants and crew. (These are the applicants whose visas got expired within 4 years of application which makes them eligible for an interview waiver).

 Note:

  • It might take a few months to reduce the wait time for the interview for B1/B2 visas.
  • US states that the process wait times for visas are improved faster than expected or projected and by 2023 FY, the country aims to reach the pre-pandemic levels.

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Also Read: 5 US Employment Based visas from EB-1 to EB-5 to work in USA Web Story: Good news! US announces new slots for B1 or B2 applicants who are eligible for interview waivers

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