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US visa wait time to go down but only for these applicants

11:21 PM | 1 Apr, 2024
US visa wait time to go down but only for these applicants

NEW DELHI - The wait time for US visas is being reduced for applicants from India in a major relief for the youngsters plenty of whom end up in Silicon Valley.

Eric Garcetti, the United States Ambassador to India, has confirmed that President Joe Biden has tasked him with reducing waiting periods for American visas in India. 

It is to be noted that the current waiting period for obtaining a US visa in India extends to 250 days; however, with the fresh directives directly from Biden, the wait time is bound to be slashed.

In an interview with news agency ANI, Garcetti remarked that the president instructed him to diminish visa waiting times in India highlighting that it's the first time a president has ever made such a statement to an ambassador in any country.

Regarding the statistics, US Bureau of Consular Affairs Assistant Secretary Rena Bitter said that last year, the Embassy in India processed 1.4 million visas, marking an incredible surge in numbers across all visa categories. 

The official elaborated that there is no wait time at all except in one area of travel adding that in this category, there is still some wait time, specifically for individuals traveling to the United States for tourism for the first time.

In a separate development, the US government has earmarked $50 million in funding for the  Department of State to reduce visa wait times for inbound international visitors.

The Congress approved the federal government's spending on March 23 and the bill was signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden; the spending would also help reduce the passport backlog.

As far as the details are concerned, the law gives the State Department some discretion. For instance, it doesn’t specifically restrict the spending for any visa category, such as for business and leisure rather than education.

Moreover, the law has not specified any country for which the visa wait time would be reduced. The spending is the follow-up of excessive lobbying by travel groups across the country who contend that the wait time for some categories hovers around 400.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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