There has been a number of incidents, where Indians desiring to travel to the United States have not been able to do so with their visa getting rejected. Indians have a history of facing numerous problems to attain a visa for the US. But, this is expected to be a thing of the past with the US deciding to relax visa rules for India, as it was told by Peter Haas, General, US Consul in Ahmedabad.
Peter Haas said, “The number of Visa applications that we have received this year continues to grow. It is 7 percent higher than last year. It is an area, where we as the US government are continually making changes to make it easier for Indians to apply so that we provide better services to applicants,” reported ANI. Every year, there are a large number of Indians who travel to the United States for various reasons.
It was only last year that India had protested against the US ruling, which raised visa fee for high skilled foreign workers. It had in fact doubled the fees, which did not go well with India, as a result of which Commerce and Industry Minister, Anand Sharma raised the issue with US commerce secretary John Bryson. During the time, it was felt that such stance by the US would only hurt the relationship between the two countries, which neither wanted.
But, Peter Haas also made it clear that they wanted to increase the number of tourists flying to the US. “Our goals is to increase the amount of travel. We have seen a big increase in the number of tourists going to USA recently and also a big increase in the number of business who are doing their incentive travel to the US.”