US taking steps to further facilitate issuance of business visas in India

The challenges pertaining to issuance of visas have been due to Covid

Shreya Nandi New Delhi

The US is India’s largest exporter and trade partner. Bilateral merchandise trade during April-November stood at $87.33 billion

The US is taking several measures, such as increasing the number of staff, to further facilitate the issuance of business visas in India, a senior US government official said on Tuesday.
“We have also made significant progress by issuing more H1B and L visas in 2022 than we did even in 2019 before the pandemic. This is a significant improvement. We are in the process of raising our staff,” Arun Venkataraman, US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for global markets, said.
“We are doubling the number of direct hires as we have to facilitate the issuance of visas here at the embassy. We are also working to bring diplomatic spouses to work in the process in the areas of visas,” Venkataraman said.

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First Published: Jan 17 2023 | 8:22 PM IST

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