President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed plans to streamline the process for Indian nationals to live and work in the United States following a bilateral meeting last week.
Additional Information: While recognizing steps taken to streamline processing of Indian visa applications, Biden and Modi acknowledged the need to further expedite this process. In their meeting, both leaders directed officials to identify additional ways to facilitate travel for business, tourism and professional purposes between the two countries.
BAL Analysis: The domestic visa renewal pilot may simplify the visa renewal process for some Indian nationals; however, details regarding the pilot launch date and eligibility requirements are not available at this time. Until a pilot is launched and eligibility requirements are known, all foreign nationals in the United States who require a valid visa to reenter the country must renew their visas abroad. As a reminder, this is a pilot; not everyone in the United States in E, H, I, L, O and P status will be eligible to participate. Visa wait times and processing delays continue despite the State Department’s ongoing initiatives to improve processing, such as the expanded visa interview waiver program and increased consular staffing. BAL will continue following the matter and will provide information as it becomes available.
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