The issue of delay in getting US visas for Indians was raised in the American Parliament. The members demanded an early solution to the problem, as America considers India an important associate.
The Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the American Senate Bob Menendez and Co-Chairman of the India Caucus Mike Waltz raised the issue. Menendez said that Indians and Americans have cordial relations. India is also a member of the Quad and making efforts to improve relations with America. Despite this, the time taken for issuing visas for Indians is more than the average time taken for issuing visas for others. Those applying for B1-B2 visas had to wait for 450 to 600 days.
Waltz said that the average waiting period for people from Mumbai to get a visa is 587 days, even when both have the business of 150 billion dollars. He demanded immediate action to resolve the issue. His state Florida alone suffered a business loss of about 8 billion dollars due to delays in issuing visas to Indians, and 250,000 jobs were adversely affected.