“The waiting time for an interview appointment for US Visa is dependent on the workload we receive or staff availability. This is only an estimate, not a guarantee that you will get an appointment that day.” – US State Department
If you are preparing to move to the United States (US) and want a visitor visa – whether it is a B1 (business) or B2 (tourist) visa – you will have to wait at least 3 years. Yes…there is a waiting line of about 1000 days for Indians seeking visitor visa for America. The US State Department website states that the waiting time for a B1/B2 visa interview is 91 days (as of November 23). The US State Department said earlier this month that it was committed to further facilitating legal travel to the US while keeping national security in mind.
According to the US State Department website, the waiting time for a US visa for Mumbai residents is 999 days, for Hyderabad residents the waiting time is 994 days. Chennai residents will have to wait 948 days for a US visa interview, while it is 904 days for Kerala residents.
Says the US State Department website. “The wait time for an interview appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate is dependent on the workload we receive or staffing availability. This is an estimate only, not a guarantee that you will receive an appointment that day.”
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who went on a US visit in September, also raised this issue with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Last week, the US State Department had said that the US visa process is recovering rapidly and is expected to reach pre-Covid conditions in FY2023.