American Embassy processing B1/B2 visa processing from September

A recent survey of experts showed that only one-third believe that international arrivals will touch pre-pandemic levels in 2023; and that while tourist arrivals could grow between 30 and 78 percent in 2022.

American Embassy processing B1/B2 visa processing from September
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The United States Embassy has announced that its diplomatic posts in India will start processing interviews for B1/B2 visa applicants from September. Whereas B1 applications are meant for business and related activities, B2 is for tourism and visits pertaining to family. Visas issued in these categories are not allowed to involve themselves in other activities such as studies or pick up jobs while they are in the United States.

The COVID pandemic had led to the suspension of American visa services around the world but with restrictions starting to ease, many American Embassies and Consulates have started addressing certain types of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visa categories, if not in a routine fashion at least in a limited scale. The Biden administration and some federal agencies are walking back on some of the restrictions such as mandatory face masks and social distancing; hence the need to address specific categories of visas.