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U.S. Sets Visa Records in India in 2023- Key Highlights

Publish Date: 30/01/2024

  • The U.S. Consular Team in India processed a record-breaking 1.4 million U.S. visas in 2023.
  • 60% increase in visa applications compared to 2022, making Indians one in ten U.S. visa applicants worldwide.
  • Visitor visas (B1/B2) reached over 700,000 applications, the second-highest in the U.S. Mission's history.
  • Mumbai saw a three-month staffing surge, increased permanent staff levels, and utilized technical solutions to meet demand.
  • Visitor visa appointment wait times reduced from 1,000 to 250 days nationwide through process improvements.
  • Over 140,000 student visas were issued, setting a world record for the third consecutive year.
  • Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai are the top four student visa processing posts globally.
  • Indian students now constitute the largest group of international graduate students in the United States.
  • The consular Team prioritized employment visas, processing over 380,000 petitions in 2023,with minimal wait times.
  • Chennai and Hyderabad consolidated petition-based visa processing for efficiency.
  • A pilot program in 2024 allows eligible H1B holders to renew visas in the United States.
  • Consulate General Mumbai cleared a backlog of over 31,000 immigrant visa cases delayed by the pandemic.
  • U.S. Mission invested in the future with a $340 million facility in Hyderabad, new consulates in Ahmedabad and Bangalore, capital improvements, and more consular officers permanently assigned to India.

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