Slow Visa Approvals Continue to Pose Difficulties for Students and Travelers

    Updated on: 25 Oct 2023 5 min read


    It seems the dream of studying abroad is taking a good amount of time.

    Around 4 lakh candidates wait eagerly for a US visa interview round slot. More than 2.4 million Canadian visas are on hold, while Indian students are the most affected, with more than 7,00,000 pending applications. Generally, the UK requires at least 6 weeks for visa processing. Countries such as France and Iceland, on the other hand, have no appointment slots available.

    According to VFS (Visa Facilitation Services Global), approximately 25,000 applications for tourist visas are received every day, with demand for student visas expected to peak in August.

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    DIfferent Type of Visas

    • Student Visas: Due to delays in visa processing, many Indian students won't be able to attend the academic session in foreign universities. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) decided to contact the ambassadors of countries like Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, the UK, and the USA and requested them to fast-track the process.
    • Visa-free or E-visa Travel Options: Indians are shifting their choice of visiting Europe and are looking for alternative options due to the long wait for tourist visas. In today's time, short-haul and e-visa are in vogue among travelers. It is advisable to apply for a visa in advance when planning to travel to European countries.
    • Visa-Free Countries: For Indian citizens, countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and Indonesia, do not require a visa to travel. 

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