The US mission in New Delhi has opened over 2.5 lakh interview appointments for visa applicants in India. In a post on X, the US embassy on November 1 said that more than a quarter-million non-immigrant visa appointments opened during the weekend.
The most recent data from the US State Department indicates a significant reduction in wait times for B1 (business) and B2 (tourist) visa categories. According to media reports, Delhi’s wait time has decreased from 542 days to just 37 days in the past week.
In addition to Delhi, other consulates in India have also seen improved wait times. Kolkata’s wait time has dropped to 126 days (previously 539), Mumbai stands at 322 days (formerly 596), and Chennai at 341 days (previously 526). Hyderabad is the only location that experienced a slight increase, from 506 to 511 days.
Wait times may vary for those who are eligible for interview waivers. For those looking to travel sooner, another option is to apply for B1/B2 visas at international destinations they plan to visit. In February, the US Embassy in India announced that Indian nationals can apply for B1/B2 visas at international destinations. US visa wait times in international destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Dubai, UAE, range from 2 to 466 days, respectively.