Department of State Sets Record for Visas Processed in India

Last Updated on February 14, 2024

In 2023, the U.S. visa processing posts in India set a new record of visas processed, including over 380,000 employment visas and 140,000 student visas, and surpassing its goal of processing one million visas by 2023-year end. 

The U.S. consulates and U.S. Embassy in India processed 1.4 million U.S. visas in 2023, which is an all-time high and a 60% increase in applications from the previous year.  Along with processing more visas, appointment wait times have also been reduced.  

Processing employment-based visas remains a top priority. Although it processed more visas in 2023 than years before, the Department of State continues to improve its visa processing capabilities with the goal of making visa processing even more efficient. Other recent efforts to improve visa processing times have also helped. Recently, the Department of State introduced a domestic H-1B visa renewal pilot program that allows eligible H-1B visa holders to renew their visas in the U.S.  Additionally, the U.S. Mission in India announced the opening of a new $340 million dollar facility in Hyderabad and two new consulates in Ahmedabad and Bangalore.  

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