U.S. Ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, announced that the U.S. government has eliminated the U.S. $50 reciprocal issuance fee for all non-immigrant visas for Indian citizens, effective immediately. Visa applicants, however, will still be required to pay an application fee of U.S. $100 prior to scheduling a visa interview. The change results in a 33 percent reduction in the cost of obtaining a visa.

In addition, appointments for Indians who plan to travel to the United States are currently available for non-immigrant visa applications at all U.S. consular offices in India.