India close to 1,000 days: US says ‘global median B1/B2 visa interview appointment wait time under 2 months’ now

NEW DELHI: The interview waiting period for first time visitor — B1 (business) and B2 (tourist) — visa applicants in India continues to climb even as the US State Department on Tuesday said the “the global median wait time for a tourist visa (B1/B2) interview appointment is under two months as of this month.”
According to the State Department website, the waiting period for B1/B2 applicants requiring an interview as on Tuesday is 999 days in Mumbai; 994 days in Hyderabad; 961 days in Delhi; 948 in Chennai and 904 in Kolkata.
This means that the waiting period is fast approaching three years for first time visitor visa applicants or others who do not qualify for a drop box application (interview waiver) in India. Therefore, a first time B1/B2 applicant may now get date for interview in late 2025!
To be sure, Uncle Sam has in past two months taken a number of steps to reduce wait…

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