US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu also told PTI in an interview this week that they are also prioritising work visas: H-1B’s and L visas, the most sought-after by IT professionals from India.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
“We are on track to issue more than a million visas this year. This is a record for us along with a record number of student visas and immigrant visas,” Lu said.
Lu said the US is committed this summer to make sure it processes all of the student visas for Indians whose school starts this fall.
There have been growing concerns in India over the long waiting period for first-time visa applicants, especially for those applying under B1 (business) and B2 (tourist) categories.
India is now number two in the world in terms of international students coming to the United States.