AILA is reporting that the Indian Consulate is issuing only six months visas to United States Citizens. Until recently, U.S. citizens customarily received five to ten year Indian business visas. This was reported by Minister Counselor James W. Herman, U.S. Embassy. As such, Herman is indicating if such trends continues, the United States will also issue shorter B1 visas.
Well in response to this, we believe that the US should look into all the Indian citizens visa applications denied under INA 221(g). In a world where international business is necessary to the economic survival we believe the State Department should correct its own affairs to create a more friendly atmosphere. It seems India is just retaliating to the treatment of its citizens. We hope that the U.S. Government will mend the ways cases are being flatly denied or sent back for administrative processing under INA 221(g).
On the other hand, we also hope the Indian Government will correct their decision and allow U.S. Citizens to obtain longer terms in the business visas.