Indians visiting the United States will now have less to worry about those infamous checks at the airport. New Delhi and Washington have signed an MoU that allows Indians expedited entry into the US at selected airports.
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Both countries have been strengthening their diplomatic ties at a rapid rate and this MoU aims at increasing people-to-people contact between the two countries.
India had previously extended long term visa facility and electronic tourist visa facility to travelers the United States to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working on easing of the travel environment.
The MoU was signed between Indian Ambassador to US, Arun K Singh, and Kevin K McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection.
Indian Americans at Modi’s event in Madison Square Garden. Lucas Jackson / Reuters
Such travelers will be selected after joint scrutiny and clearance by both countries.
Although it will take a few months for the facility to become operational, it is expected to directly benefit close to millions of Indians and Indian origin people in the United States.
Over 1.8 million people from the eight countries before India are enrolled in the programme. Approximately 50,000 new applications for the program are filed every month.