No queuing for visas: US mission

New Delhi, January 24: | Updated: Jan 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
From December 31, 2001, queues for visa applicants stand eliminated, the US embassy in New Delhi has said. This, the embassy said, has come about because of a voluntary appointment system that allows visa applicants to make appointments via the Internet, up to three months in advance. Those who dont have an internet connection are encouraged to tell their friends in the US, local cyber cafes, or friends and relatives to help make an appointment (, embassy spokesman Gordon K Duguid said. Visa-handling operations are an important part of the missions overall effort to fundamentally transform Indo-US relations, he said.

On July 30, as incoming US envoy to New Delhi on his first day in office, Mr Blackwill had made a public pledge to drastically cut the visa queue, because it was, what he described, the face of the US government that most Indians interact with here in India...and (therefore) the need to make this experience to be of the highest possible quality.