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US Mission issues over 490,000 non-immigrant visas during year ended Sep 30

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United States missions in India issued more than 490,000 non-immigrant visas during the year ended September 30, an increase of 4.3 per cent in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010.

A press release from the US Embassy in New Delhi said that, responding to the booming growth in Indian visa applications, in recent years the US Mission to India, which includes the Embassy here and Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, has greatly expanded its consular staffing, infrastructure, and outreach.

According to it, consular staffing has increased 60% in the past five years.

It said applicants may now choose to have their visa interview in languages including Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Tamil, and Telugu.

The release said the Mission has recently invested more than $100 million in updating and expanding its consular facilities. The Consulate General Hyderabad opened in 2009 and in the very near future, the new consulate facilities in Mumbai will open their doors.

Visa applicants from any location in India may visit the US Embassy’s website  or e-mail the Mission at infousdelhi@vfshelpline.com for free and accurate visa information direct from the source, the release added.

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