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$50 Visa Issuance Fee eliminated for Indian nationals
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U.S. Embassy, New Delhi announced that the U.S. Government has eliminated the $50 reciprocal visa issuance fee for all nonimmigrant visas for Indian citizens, effective immediately. The Embassy and Consulates General have also implemented procedures eliminating the visa appointments backlog. Appointments for most visa categories that had a waiting period of over six months a few weeks back are now available within a week.

Announcing the good news for Indian nationals that would result in a 33% reduction in the cost of obtaining a visa, U.S. Ambassador to India David C. Mulford hoped that the move of the U.S. Government to reduce the charges and eliminate long waiting time for visa appointments encourages more Indian business people and tourists to travel to America.

Visa applicants will still be required to pay an application fee of US $100 at a designated HDFC bank branch prior to scheduling a visa interview.

VisaPro readers are aware that last month, the Embassy and Consulates General implemented procedures eliminating the visa appointments backlog for Indians who plan travel to the United States. Appointments are currently available for nonimmigrant visa applications at all U.S. consular offices in India.

We at VisaPro thank the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in implementing measures to eliminate long waiting times for visa appointments and facilitating the travel of Indian nationals to the U.S. for business, work and tourist purposes.

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