The U.S. State Department recently addressed visitor visa wait times, including information on backlogs and interview availability.

Key Points:

  • As of November 2022, the median wait time for tourist visa (B1/B2) interview appointments is about two months. Applicants with urgent travel needs who meet certain criteria can apply for an emergency appointment.
  • The State Department plans to reach pre-pandemic visa processing levels during the 2023 fiscal year. The department said it has doubled its Foreign Service personnel and reduced visa interview wait times worldwide.
  • Currently, 96% of U.S. embassies and consulates are providing routine visa services and interviewing visa applicants, and the department is processing nonimmigrant visa applications at 94% and immigrant visa applications at 130% of pre-pandemic monthly averages.
  • Individuals can check this webpage for the latest information on visa processing and interview wait times.

BAL Analysis: While processing times continue to improve, appointment and processing delays should be expected at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. Service levels vary from post to post. BAL will continue to monitor efforts to address processing delays and will provide more information as it becomes available. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.

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