India highlights a slowdown in the issuance process of US visas for business purposes.

Currently, in the United States, the provision allowing visa renewal within the country is part of a pilot program. This onshore renewal option pertains to individuals with H1B visas, enabling them to renew their visas while in the U.S. NEW DELHI: India has expressed its apprehensions at the Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting regarding the challenges faced by domestic businesses in obtaining timely visas for the United States. India has urged for an expedited visa issuance process for traders and investors, as per an official statement.

This matter was deliberated during the 14th TPF meeting held on Friday, co-chaired by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. During the TPF meeting, the ministers acknowledged the significant contribution of professional and skilled workers, students, investors, and business visitors in fostering bilateral economic and technological collaboration between the two countries.

“The challenges faced by business visitors from India due to visa processing timelines were highlighted by Minister Goyal, who urged the U.S. to streamline the processing,” stated a joint release.

The official mentioned that India has also proposed the establishment of a permanent process for Indian H1B visa holders in the U.S. to renew their visas within the country, eliminating the need to return to India for the renewal process.

Currently, this onshore renewal provision for H1B visa holders in the U.S. is part of a pilot program.

“We are now requesting to make it a permanent feature, and we are urging to extend this facility not just to the primary visa holder but also to their family, ensuring that the family does not have to return to India for visa renewals,” added the official.

Additionally, India has urged the U.S. to designate India as an ‘approved treaty country’ for E1 and E2 visas, which are designated for traders and investors.

Currently, India is not recognized as an approved treaty country by the U.S. for these visas.

“Therefore, there was a request for India to be included as an approved treaty country so that the benefits of E1 and E2 visas, catering to investors and traders, are also extended to India,” the official further explained.

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