India raises delay in issuing foreign visas with Western countries

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has admitted the delay in the issuance of foreign visas and said that the matter has been raised with the Western countries including the US, UK, and Germany.

While addressing a media program, Jaishankar said, “It is absolutely true and I have come to know that there is a lot of worry among the public, especially for those relatives whose family members are staying in a foreign land or for students who wanted to go to different countries for an emergency. And the visa issue is increasing in Western countries.”

“At the ministerial level, I raised this issue with the US, UK, and Germany, whose Foreign Minister recently visited India,” he added.

He further added that every week foreign countries are giving assurance that they are trying to improve it.

Currently, the wait time for US visa appointments in India has neared 1000 days, the White House on 8 December said that the Biden Administration is aware of the long delays and is working to respond to the “significant demand of these visa services.”

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