On November 8th, the U.S. went ahead and released the travel restrictions from a long list of nations. This action will enable many long-awaited trips to begin and family members to reunite with their near and dear ones with the help of their US visa.
Many of them haven’t traveled for over one and a half years due to the ongoing pandemic, which has brought international travel to a standstill. Mr. Don Heflin, the Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs, U.S. Embassy New Delhi, on November 10th, 2021, went on Facebook Live. He shared with the viewers the latest updates about the current visa processing situation at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India.
Though US visa services have been resumed in India, they are subject to certain local limitations and practical restraints. Since they have been massive backlogs, all efforts are actively processing pending and ongoing applications.
This can lead to some extended delays in the upcoming months for US immigration. There needs to be strict adherence to local COVID-19 regulations related to following social distancing and brief health checks. Student visas, on the other hand, will continue to process as and when required. November and December shall observe a surge in student visa applications for the January spring semester.
Appointments for B-1/B-2 dropbox applications will be open in late November and December for meetings in January and February 2022. The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, which handles the processing of US immigration visas of India, has till now been scheduling interviews only for those who were not subject to any travel ban under the various Presidential Proclamations, will be scheduling interviews for other categories also.
Since airlines to the U.S. have been instructed to check the genuineness of vaccination certificates, ensure that you remember to carry additional government-issued identity proof with your photo, like an Aadhaar card.