The average wait time for a U.S. visa interview needed by travelers from the top 10 inbound visa-requiring countries is more than 400 days, or over a year, a leading U.S. travel industry group said today.
“Wait times are still excessively high despite marked improvements in countries like India,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. The wait time in India for a visa interview by the U.S. State Department has declined from a mid-December high of 999 days to 577 days as of January 19, it noted.
Other top-10 markets that have experienced “staggering” waits — including Brazil and Mexico — are also improving, the association said in a statement. Still, “much work remains to bring interview wait times down to an acceptable level” following pandemic-related disruptions, Freeman said. Today’s figures don’t include wait times in China, whose nationals need a visa for U.S.