Report on the US Department of State’s FY 2023 Visa Operations

On Nov. 28, 2023, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released a press release highlighting its visa operations achievements in the federal fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023) from October 2022 through September 2023. During FY 2023, DOS issued more than 10.4 million nonimmigrant visas globally and half of U.S. embassies and consulates adjudicated more nonimmigrant visas than ever before, indicating not only a return to pre-pandemic visa processing volume, but also near record levels for a handful of noteworthy nonimmigrant visa categories.

Below is a summary of DOS visa operations and achievements during FY 2023:

According to DOS, “these achievements were possible because of innovative solutions, such as expanding interview waiver authorities that allow frequent travelers who meet strict national security standards to renew their visas without having to visit an embassy or consulate.” Moreover, DOS is actively exploring new technologies and processes to streamline operations, including the option of domestic visa renewals in select visa categories.

With its historic fiscal year and plans for continued improvements in visa processing efficiency, DOS visa operations could have a profound impact on the U.S. economy given that international visitors contribute roughly $239 billion in annual spending to the U.S. economy and support an estimated 9.5 million American jobs.

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