US Visa time gap, a genuinely serious problem of some magnitude said Jaishankar, see what he said

External affairs minister S Jaishankar expressed concern over the US visa application time gap which is affecting both parents and children. He said on Thursday that he hopes to resolve the US visa application backlog and that India will cooperate as much as it is necessary. However, he also said that the issue is mainly for the US to address and India can do little in it.

He highlighted the issue with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who has convinced the US is rebuilding the Indian national’s visa application balance and that the Biden administration will implement a new plan in the coming months.

“In India, I mean, there are families who are not able to meet their relatives there and people who can’t keep up their business appointments. There are students who have been waiting for a long time. So, it’s a really, genuinely serious problem of some magnitude,” Jaishankar added.

According to the U.S. Department of State website, the waiting period for Indians seeking a U.S. visitor visa has been increased by up to 800 days. The waiting period for student/exchange visitor visas and other nonimmigrant visas is nearly 400 days.

“I’m extremely sensitive to this,” said Blinken while he blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for the issue to arise . “Our ability to issue visas has decreased dramatically during the pandemic. And the last thing we want to do is make that any more difficult. On other hand, we want to facilitate it. So bear with us. This will play out over the next few months but we’re very focused on it,” Blinken said.

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