‘That’s going to get worse’: US envoy confirms backlog in visa processing

United States Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson confirmed a massive backlog in US visa applications, with the problem affecting a number of countries.

At a panel discussion with the Makati Business Club Tuesday (January 24), Carlson described the backlog as a “global problem” that resulted from the restrictions imposed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I learned from my colleague that in Delhi, there is a two-year wait,” she said.

The situation is not as bad in Manila, at least for now.

“If you apply right now you might find an appointment in a month or two, but that is going to get worse because of staffing issues,” Carlson added.

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