The review and approval of visa applications has never been a simple process, but in more recent years, the time it takes has become lengthier than ever. This is a direct result of the increase in the number of pages an application takes along with a lack of employees working to review these visa applications.
The length of time it takes to complete your United States visa application relies mostly on the kind of visa a person is applying for. When compared to immigrant visas, which might take years to be granted, temporary nonimmigrant visas may only take a few weeks or months to get processed. Given that the United States government reviews each application on an individual basis and in the sequence in which they are received, it is difficult to provide a firm estimate of how long it will take to assess an application. Because of their circumstances, one applicant may get an answer for, say, a tourist visa in a few weeks while another applicant may not hear back for many months.
The volume of applications, petitions, or requests the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives, along with workload distribution, and personnel levels are just a few of the many variables that affect visa application processing timelines. Additionally, complicating each individual judgment and lengthening the adjudicative process are case-specific considerations that all contribute to the length of time it takes to process an application.