Over the past year, the United States issued over 30,000 non immigrant visas to Guyanese. That disclosure was made by Chargé D’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Georgetown, Bryan Hunt.
Hunt revealed the figures at a reception last evening in celebration of the United States’ 239th Independence anniversary.
While pledging his country’s continued support for Guyana in several areas, Hunt said “in our consular section, from last year at this time to now, we have issued over 30,000 non-immigrant visas and we are encouraging more Guyanese to visit our wonderful country to see firsthand the many bonds that unite us.”
Chargé Hunt added that “we want more Guyanese to study in the US and be apart of the 100,000 strong initiative and share perspectives on issues such as climate change, entrepreneurship and governance.”
He did not release any figures for immigrant visas which were issued over the last year and he also stayed clear of offering figures with regards to how many visa applications were rejected.
Hunt’s announcement was greeted with loud applause and subsequently a statement of acknowledgment from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.
“Our government welcomes the open door policy that allows thousands of our people to visit the USA,” he said.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo said he was particularly pleased with the opportunity afforded to young Guyanese to pursue education in the USA..
For the year 2014, the U.S issued over 9.9 million non-immigrant visas worldwide.
Despite the assurances and welcome issued by the US official, a large number of Guyanese continue to complain of visa denials because of ineligibility, according to the U.S standards. (Kurt Campbell)