No need of invitation letter from relative or friend for tourist visa: US Embassy

New Delhi: In a latest tweet, the US Embassy said that Indians no longer require invitation letters from loved ones residing in the US to get Visa for visiting the country. “For a tourist US visa, you do not need to provide an invitation letter from a relative or friend living in the United States,” tweeted US Embassy India on Tuesday.Visitor visas are non-immigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a visitor visa. You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a visa.

In a press release, the US Citiznehsip and Immigration services (USCIS), saidd that it added 5.77 lakh individuals who were granted permanent residence in form of green cards– a sharp fall of 47.4 per cent as compared to the previous fiscal.
At 52,194, Indian-born individuals were the second-largest group to get US citizenship, said a report released by the US Department of Homeland Security. It constituted 6.9 per cent of total new citizens and showed a surge by 2.7 per cent over the previous year.

For spouses of US citizens, the period is reduced to three years.

Over 9.2 lakh Indians are caught up in green card backlog, the report said.

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