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Newsline: Indians Struggle to Go Home Amid Visa Backlog at US Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in India’s capital, New Delhi, currently has a wait time of 833 days to get an appointment for a visitor visa — that’s over two years — according to the State Department’s website. The wait time for student visas is 430 days, and the wait for nonimmigrant visas is 390 days. (https://news.yahoo.com/indians-struggle-home-amid-visa-232014296.html) According to the website, other cities have much faster wait times for visitor visas: just two days for Hong Kong and Beijing and 11 days for Tokyo. A State Department spokesperson told TODAY the delay in India specifically is due to a combination of high demand in the country and a staffing shortage caused by the pandemic. The State Department spokesperson said the department has currently doubled consular hires as compared to last year and is actively working on onboarding new hires to address the staffing shortage.

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