US visa applicants from India might have loner waiting period


For those applying for US visa in India, they are about-face, a longer waiting period. As the US has opened its doors to those who have been vaccinated, the US Embassy in India is anticipating a significant rise in visa applications. Therefore, it has sent a preliminary alert to all applicants saying that there will be a longer waiting time for some non-immigrant visa categories as it builds back from COVID-19-related interruptions.

From November 8, an estimated three million visa holders from India, with proof of vaccination, will be able to travel to the United States under the new international air travel policy, the embassy said.

“Facilitating legitimate travel to support our strong and growing bilateral ties is our top priority. As we build back from COVID-19-related interruptions, we expect significant appointment wait times for some nonimmigrant visa categories at our Embassy and Consulates,” it said.

The mission thanked people for their patience while “we work to increase our capacity and maintain the safety of our applicants and staff”.

Describing the vaccination requirements, the US Embassy said that starting November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the US, with only limited exceptions.

“The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization,” it said.