Immigrant and nonimmigrant visa issuance increased dramatically in the 2022 fiscal year, according to the State Department’s “Report of the Visa Office 2022.”
The data shows that in FY 2022:
FY 2022 immigrant visa issuance was consistent with pre-pandemic levels; nonimmigrant visa issuance remained lower than pre-pandemic rates despite the increase.
Monthly immigrant and nonimmigrant visa data shows that visa issuance continued at a high level in the first two months of FY 2023.
BAL Analysis: The COVID-19 pandemic and related staffing and funding issues dramatically slowed visa issuance globally; however, the recent data shows that visa processing levels have largely been restored. Some posts are still grappling with significant backlogs, including posts in India, where officials recently opened up Saturday interview slots for some first-time visitor visa applicants. BAL will continue to monitor efforts to address visa and appointment wait times abroad. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.
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