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Delay in business visa issuance discussed with US, says minister Piyush Goyal

Washington, January 12

India discussed with the US the inordinate delays in issuance of business visas to the people from India, and there has been a good resonance of it by the Americans, visiting Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday.

“We found very good resonance to our request that issuance of business visas which is taking a long time back home in India is an area which needs to be expedited so that business persons interested on both sides — the US businesses and Indian businesses — need to have faster processing of business reasons, so that trade and investment and business does not suffer,” Goyal told reporters at the conclusion of the India-US Trade Policy Forum meeting that he co-chaired with the US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

India, Goyal said, had made the request to the US that they might speed up the issuance of regular business visas when people came in for short trips to pursue their trade and business interests.

“We are delighted that the movement of professional and skilled workers, students, investors, business travellers, all are expanding between the two countries. That has helped increase our bilateral relations,” he noted.

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