Washington: The number of visas issued by the Indian embassy here and four other consulates in the US — Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and New York — has dropped by more than a lakh in the past one year. In the year 2011, as many as 3,44,458 Indian visas were issued by the Indian diplomatic missions in the US, which dropped to 2,39,996 visas.
These figures were released by the Indian embassy on its website in response to the questions asked by the prospective bidders for outsourcing of visas by the Indian embassy in Washington and its four other Consulates in Houston, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
The fifth Consulate in Atlanta has started its operation from the first of this month.
Indian firm loses visa outsourcing job The Indian embassy has cancelled a contract for visa outsourcing awarded to an Indian firm in July.
BLS International Services, whose contract has been cancelled by the embassy, was scheduled to replace Travisa for visa processing with effect from October 1.
Without giving any justification and reasoning, the Indian embassy has issued a fresh bid for visa outsourcing on contract on October 10.
The contract of Travisa, which expired on September 30, has been extended by three months.