Backlogs Grow in India Nonimmigrant Visa Processing

The State Department has advised that wait times for a nonimmigrant visa appointment at Posts in India have grown substantially. Wait times at the various posts range from 75 to 100 days.

Applicants seeking a petition-based visa (H-1 or L-1) must have a petition approved before requesting an appointment.

In light of this, Indian citizens contemplating travel home and who will require the issuance of a new entry visa are advised to consider avoiding unnecessary travel until the situation approves.

Expedited appointments may be available for cases involving urgent humanitarian issues (e.g. medical issues) or true business emergencies. Applicants should be prepared to explain why advance planning was not possible.