The Other Immigration Crisis: Endless Visa Waits

A quiet crisis has been brewing in US diplomatic missions around the world: months, even years, delays in visa processing. As an entrepreneur and investor who is always looking for the world’s top talent to create prosperity in America, I am sounding the alarm. When we make it unnecessarily difficult to visit and work in the United States, we miss out on talent, cause unnecessary headaches for people, and encourage businesses to move jobs abroad.

In New Delhi, a nonimmigrant visitor visa appointment takes more than 800 calendar days, or nearly three years; for a student visa, almost 450 days. The Cato Institute found that more than half of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide have wait times of more than six months for a visitor or business visa appointment, compared with 1% before congress. Translate. More than 1 in 4 people have a wait time of a year or more. The Other Immigration Crisis: Endless Visa Waits

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