US announces interview waiver program for Indians
09 July 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.In order to attract more Indian tourists, the US has announced that eligible visa applicants will be able to apply for a US visa without being interviewed in person.
"US Department of State has implemented a programme that will allow certain applicants to apply for visas without being interviewed in person at a US consular office," US Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell said.
Under the Interview Waiver Programme, it will become easier for Indians to visit the US for tourism and business trips.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
- have a previous US visa in the same category as the visa category for which he or she wishes to renew;
- have their previous visa issued in India;
- have no refusals for a visa in any category after his or her most recent visa issuance.
"Travel and tourism to the US is an important way for us to expand our cultural and commercial ties and increase trade growth between our countries. Total spending by Indians travelling to the US was $4.6 billion last year, up 15 percent from the year before," she added.
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