United States (US) has decided to take a lenient view for certain non-immigrant visas and curtail visa waiting time.

“The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in profound reductions in the department’s visa processing capacity,” the US embassy said in a statement. “As global travel rebounds, we are taking these temporary steps to further our commitment to safely and efficiently reduce visa wait times while maintaining national security as our priority.”

The consular officers have been empowered to relax and exempt in-person interviews for H-1B, students, temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers, student exchange visitors, as well as athletes, artists, and entertainers.



After the impact of the coronavirus, there was a long delay in visa interviews which have been now compensated in relaxing the rules, making quick and prompt disposal of the above visas.