11th India-US Consular Dialogue

Feb 23: The 11th bilateral Consular Dialogue between India and the U.S. took place in New Delhi on 23 February 2024. The Indian delegation, led by Dr K.J. Srinivasa, Joint Secretary (CPV) in the Ministry of External Affairs, hosted the U.S. delegation led by Ambassador Rena Bitter, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

The Dialogue reinforced the strong people-to-people ties and cooperation that both countries share across consular issues of mutual interest.

Both sides discussed ways of enhancing cooperation on a wide range of issues such as extradition, mobility of students and professionals, safe and legal migration, protection of vulnerable women and children and enabling smooth travel of their respective nationals.

They welcomed the launch of a pilot in the U.S. to adjudicate domestic renewals of certain categories of visas as proactive steps toward strengthening robust connections between people of the two countries.

Both sides agreed to hold the next Consular Dialogue in the U.S. next year.

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