India is now number two in the world in terms of international students coming to the United States
Those who wish to study in US universities, the US Assistant Secretary of State have expedited the visa process. According to US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Donald Lu, the administration is committed this summer to make sure it processes all visas for Indians whose school starts this fall.
Lu also mentioned that the officials are also prioritizing work visas: H-1B’s and L visas, the most sought-after by IT professionals from the country. “We are on track to issue more than a million visas this year. This is a record for us along with a record number of student visas and immigrant visas,” Lu said.
Technology companies depend on H-1B to hire employees each year from countries like India and China. There have been growing concerns in India over the long waiting period for first-time visa applicants, especially for those applying under B1 (business) and B2 (tourist) categories.
India is now number two in the world in terms of international students coming to the United States. “We’ve also been prioritizing work visas: H-1B’s and L visas. Wait times at some of our consular sections in India, for these visas are now below 60 days. We will continue to make sure that we prioritise visas for workers, as this is vital for both the American and the Indian economy,” Lu said.
Lu noted that the Department of Homeland Security recently put out some new information specifically on the point of what Indian IT professionals who are on H-1B visas and have lost their jobs, ought to do to readjust their status,