United States: US Visa Wait Times in India - More Delays
  • Over the last several months, increased demand for U.S. visas has led to lengthy backlogs in nonimmigrant visa appointments for H, L and other employment-based nonimmigrant visas at U.S. consulates in India. IndiaLack of sufficient staff combined with the greater demand for nonimmigrant visa appointments has contributed to these lengthy wait times that vary between 75 days to in excess of 125 days for visa appointments in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. B-1/B-2 visitor visa and F-1 student visa appointment wait times range from 4 to 22 days.

    The significant wait times for appointments at U.S. consulates in India means that Indian employment-based nonimmigrant visa applicants could face delays in commencing U.S. employment. Also, Indian employment-based nonimmigrants currently in the U.S. may choose to postpone future international travel until visa appointment wait times decrease. These lengthy visa appointment wait times come at a time when there is already a surge of backlogged appointments due to summer travel as well as student and H-1B nonimmigrant visa applicants who need to start their U.S. employment. The delays are causing US Employers to calculate whether to pay extra costs for their employees to apply for visa stamps outside of India. Because Indian nationals generally require a separate visa to travel to other countries, there are additional costs involved. 

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
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United States: US Visa Wait Times in India - More Delays
  • Over the last several months, increased demand for U.S. visas has led to lengthy backlogs in nonimmigrant visa appointments for H, L and other employment-based nonimmigrant visas at U.S. consulates in India. IndiaLack of sufficient staff combined with the greater demand for nonimmigrant visa appointments has contributed to these lengthy wait times that vary between 75 days to in excess of 125 days for visa appointments in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. B-1/B-2 visitor visa and F-1 student visa appointment wait times range from 4 to 22 days.

    The significant wait times for appointments at U.S. consulates in India means that Indian employment-based nonimmigrant visa applicants could face delays in commencing U.S. employment. Also, Indian employment-based nonimmigrants currently in the U.S. may choose to postpone future international travel until visa appointment wait times decrease. These lengthy visa appointment wait times come at a time when there is already a surge of backlogged appointments due to summer travel as well as student and H-1B nonimmigrant visa applicants who need to start their U.S. employment. The delays are causing US Employers to calculate whether to pay extra costs for their employees to apply for visa stamps outside of India. Because Indian nationals generally require a separate visa to travel to other countries, there are additional costs involved. 

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Copyright © 2016 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com