If you're planning to travel to the United States this year, the State Department recommends planning ahead for any visas.
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The United States is working hard to lower wait times for visitor visa interviews while protecting its national security.
If you’re planning to travel to the United States on a visitor visa within the next year or two, the State Department recommends planning ahead and leaving plenty of time for the interview.
As of January 2023, the median worldwide wait time for a visitor visa (B1/B2) interview appointment is about seven weeks, the State Department says, “and applicants with urgent travel needs who meet certain criteria can apply for an emergency appointment, usually available within days.” Wait times vary according to locations, so early planning is important.
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To improve the visa application process and counter longer interview wait times in countries with high demand, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is using new tools to speed the process and enhance customer service, including:
“We have implemented efficiencies that allow us to do more work with fewer resources, all while safeguarding national security,” says the State Department.
To learn more about how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, visit this link.
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