U.S. Approves Record 1 Million Visa Applications in India, Signaling Strengthened Bilateral Ties

U.S. Approves Record 1 Million Visa Applications in India, Signaling Strengthened Bilateral Ties

In a significant development, the United States has approved a record one million visa applications in India this year, underscoring the robust strategic partnership between the two nations. This milestone comes as a testament to the growing interest of Indians in traveling to the United States, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Mission in India has efficiently processed over one million non-immigrant visa applications this year, surpassing its ambitious target. U.S. Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, personally presented a visa to an Indian couple who are planning to visit their son, set to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.
Ambassador Garcetti expressed his elation, stating, “I cannot be happier today for India, for Indians, and for the United States. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden set the goal to streamline visa processes and expedite them. This led to enhanced operations, with multiple units approving visas, including the one here in Hyderabad. We have worked tirelessly, made crucial system modifications, and successfully achieved our objective of processing over a million visa applications this year.”
Highlighting the significance of the U.S.-India partnership, he emphasized, “Our partnership with India is one of America’s most important bilateral relationships, and in fact, it’s one of the most vital relationships in the world. People-to-people ties between our nations have never been stronger, and we are committed to facilitating more Indian applicants’ travel to the United States to experience the U.S.-India friendship.”
The 1 millionth visa was presented to Dr. Ranju Singh from Delhi, who is preparing to travel to the U.S., while her husband is next in line to receive a visa. Ambassador Garcetti welcomed the couple with a warm greeting, calling them “Mr. and Mrs. One Million.” The couple is eager to embark on their U.S. journey, scheduled for the coming year.

Last year, over 1.2 million Indians traveled to the United States, cementing it as one of the most pivotal travel relationships globally. Presently, India contributes to more than 10% of all visa applicants worldwide. Of this, 20% are seeking student visas, and 65% are applying for H and L employment visas.
To address the surging demand for American visas, the United States has made substantial investments in its operations in India. The U.S. Mission has expanded its workforce dedicated to visa processing and improved facilities, notably in Chennai. Furthermore, they inaugurated a new consulate building in Hyderabad to provide more efficient and streamlined visa services.
This remarkable accomplishment not only signifies the enduring bond between the United States and India but also reflects the evolving dynamics in travel interests amid these unprecedented times. It showcases the commitment of both nations to fostering their relationship and facilitating greater people-to-people exchanges in the future.

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