If you’ve been waiting to show up for your US tourist visa interview, here’s some good news for you. The US Embassy in Delhi will resume regular interviews for tourist visas from September. Here’s what we know.
On Sunday, the US Embassy in India announced that in September it would resume regular and tourist appointments for B1-B2 visas, after the rush for student visa interviews subsided. This is a relief for thousands of people who have wanted to visit the country for a long time.
Resumption of regular and tourist visa interviews for the USA
The U.S. Mission to India is pleased to announce that we are resuming routine in-person tourist visa appointments in September 2022. Previously scheduled placeholders have now been canceled.
— United States Embassy in India (@USAndIndia) May 29, 2022
In a tweet, the US Embassy in India shared this update, adding that previously scheduled placeholders have been cancelled. This means applicants will now need to re-enter the visa interview scheduling system, to be eligible for regular appointments, the announcement added.
What are placeholders?
Previously scheduled placeholders were appointment slots for B1-B2 visitor visa interviews that were given to new applicants, who were not eligible for an interview waiver, writes India time. However, these placeholders were not real interview slots, as the interviews were not actually conducted, the media report says, explaining why they will not be canceled.
Why have visa appointments stopped?
Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, the U.S. Mission to India stopped conducting in-person interviews for B1-B2 visas. Now, with this latest update bringing relief to the masses, applicants will need to book their regular slots through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) scheduling system.
Candidates who held a reserved space had the option of making an expedited or emergency appointment for interviews, but if these conditions were not met, the application was likely canceled.
This latest update comes as a relief for those who have been wanting to travel the United States for a long time, meet families, or explore the sights the nation has to offer. With the receding pandemic and the reopening of international borders, countries are slowly returning to pre-pandemic travel standards, and the availability of regular visas for the United States is a step in the same direction.
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