US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti on Monday visited the US mission in the national capital New Delhi to oversee the “unprecedented demand” for US visitor visas among the Indians.
United States Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, on Wednesday, said that the wait time for first-time tourist visa interviews has been reduced by more than 50 per cent, adding that goal for 2023 is to process at least one million visas. Speaking at IIT Delhi, Garcetti highlighted the progress made in visa processing, stating that the US Mission in India is currently processing visas faster than ever before.
The US Embassy and its consulates in India have issued an all-time record of over 140,000 student visas between October 2022 and September 2023. “Our embassy and consulates in India issued an all-time record of more than 140,000 student visas,” the US State Department announced on Tuesday. “From October 2022 through September 2023 (the 2023 federal fiscal year), the Department of State issued a near-record level of nonimmigrant visas of more than 10 million globally.”
India and the United States have made important steps towards strengthening their defense partnership, American ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said on Monday. He said the two countries are committed to promoting resilient and rules-based international order to safeguard “free open and inclusive” Indo-Pacific.
The US Mission to India said on Thursday that it has reached and surpassed its goal to process one million non-immigrant visa applications in 2023. Stating that Indians made over one in 10 visas worldwide, the Mission said it has already surpassed the total number of cases processed in 2022 and is processing almost 20 per cent more applications than in pre-pandemic 2019
A new state-of-the-art multi-facility US Consulate General in Hyderabad was inaugurated by the US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, on May 26, 2023. Built at a cost of $340 million the new facility is equipped to facilitate multiple operations ranging from consular to visa services.
The US Senate on Wednesday confirmed the former mayor of Los Angeles, EriC Garcetti, to be the ambassador to India, ending a two-year wait. Garcetti won the mandate by a vote of 52 to 42, a major victory for US President Joe Biden as well, who stuck by his political ally in the face of allegations and the prolonged process that has left the world’s most populous democracies without US representatives.
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