Students seeking the US Visa are now able to get an interview slot within a week’s time at the US Consulate in Hyderabad as compared to a 3-4 month wait in 2015.
The increase in the number of interview counters by the consulate is the biggest attributor for this change which was deemed necessary in order to deal up with the growing pressure of visa applications.
The present number of applications marks the consulate’s visa processing facility, Hyderabad somewhat bigger than what it actually requires, issuing more visas than any other US Consulate office in India.
The ease of use of quick interview slots has made a hint of a dip-in interest amid students opting for study in the US, as well as a probable drop in job visa applications.
This comes contrary to a last year’s 25 percent jump in the number of Indian students studying in the US.
According to the annual Open Doors report that released this month earlier by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, India was the second leading country of origin among international students in the US last year with 165,918 students marking it the highest absolute increase of students ever.
A tad over 100,000 Indian students are granted student visas by the US Government every year.
Last year about 26,000 students were granted visas from Hyderabad facility.
However, deportation of students by the US Homeland Security authorities in December has also made students little more watchful about their US plans.