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US visa: Interview wait time goes up to 1,000 days

If any one planning to visit the United States on visitor visa - B1 and B2 - will have to wait for nearly three years and the waiting time for applicants in India is close to 1,000 days. The US website shows that the waiting period for B1/B2 visa interview is 961 days, as on November 23. For those living in Mumbai, the waiting time is 999 days and for Hyderabad, it's 994 days. Chennai residents will have to wait for 948 days to get an appointment, while in Kerala, the waiting period is 904 days, according to the State Department website.

According to the State Department website, the estimated wait time to receive an interview appointment at a US Embassy or Consulate can change weekly and is based on actual incoming workload and staffing. These are estimates only and do not guarantee the availability of an appointment.  Giving the reason behind delays, it said many applicants for US visas are required by the country's law to appear in person. However, local pandemic-era restrictions on public places like our overseas consular sections curbed our ability to see visa applicants. The State Department had said earlier this month that it is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States while safeguarding national security.

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