The United Stated Embassy in New Delhi has recommended Indian tourists willing to visit the US, to apply for tourist visa as early as possible due to heavy demand during summer season.
Are you planning for an American vacation this summer? If you are, consider applying for your visa at least a month earlier than the intended date of travel because you’re not alone – there is heavy rush for US visas this summer. The US Embassy in New Delhi has advised Indians travellers to apply for visa early as applicants across India may have to wait for 30 days or more to get a visa interview. Also, it is likely that this heavy wait time will continue for at least the next few months. In fact, the US Embassy said in a statement that, “Mission India’s non-immigrant visa workload is one of the largest in the world, processing over a million visas a year.”
Within just five years, the number of travellers visiting the US from India has rose by over 60 per cent and is constantly increasing, especially in summer season. The US Embassy in Delhi and the four Consulates across India “are constantly working to improve service and meet demand, but applicants should be aware that the summer is a peak travel season and there will be delays in getting visa appointments”. So if you want to get in there, you need to plan it out early and apply for US tourist visa so that it can be processed as soon as possible and you can get going.
The US Embassy has also mentioned in the advisory statement that applicants must be beware of scams and frauds who promise to avail US visas – but the only way to get there is through the standard official channel. The statement reads, “The only way to get a U.S. visa is through official channels. Someone can either apply and have an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or if they have had a visa before and meet certain criteria, they may qualify to have their visa renewed. Anyone claiming they can guarantee a visa in exchange for a fee is attempting to defraud you. Applicants should be smart and apply the right way.”