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Traveling to US this summer? Apply for visa early

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The here on Tuesday said that Indians planning to visit the US this summer should apply early for visas due to heavy demand.

In a statement, the Embassy said that applicants across may have to wait 30 days or more for a visa interview appointment to become available and that it expects this wait time to continue for at least the next few months

"Mission India's non-immigrant visa workload is one of the largest in the world, processing over a million visas a year," the statement said.

"In the last five years, the demand for visas to travel to the has increased by over 60 per cent."

According to the statement, the Embassy in and the four Consulates across "are constantly working to improve service and meet demand, but applicants should be aware that the summer is a and there will be delays in getting visa appointments".

It also advised applicants are to beware of scams and fraud and reminded them that the only way to get a US visa is through official channels.

"Someone can either apply and have an interview at a or Consulate, or if they have had a visa before and meet certain criteria, they may qualify to have their visa renewed," the statement said.

"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," it added.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:36 IST
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