Last year, 1,40,<> Indian students got US visas

New Delhi:

Us President Joe Biden's administration has issued visas to more than 1,40,000 Indian students last year with an aim to increase people-to-people contact with India. At the same time, the US administration is taking several steps to reduce the waiting period for interviews for visas. In an interview to PTI, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services Julie Schuft said the US mission in India worked six-seven days a week to ensure that students were interviewed before classes began.

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"We are really proud of what we have done in India this year. I believe that for the first time in history, we set a target of issuing one million visas in India and not only did we accomplish it, but it was done several months in advance. Thus, the number will go much beyond that," he said.

"There is a record number of applications from workers, crew and students from India to come to the US this year," he said, adding that the US is taking a number of steps to reduce the waiting period for interviews for visas. "I expect it to come down this year, that is, in our fiscal year," Stuft said. But we are sending a large number of officers to India to reduce the waiting time..."

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During an interaction with a group of foreign journalists organised by the Foreign Press Center, Schutt said the US has issued more than 2023 million visas so far in 20, which is two million more than its estimate and this is the highest number of visas ever for its foreign missions. Stuft said the US is still working very hard to reduce the waiting period for 2024.

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