Annual Bilateral Consular Dialogue

On December 13, 2021, U.S. and Indian delegations met in New Delhi for the annual bilateral Consular Dialogue. The Indian delegation, led by Shri Devesh Uttam, Joint Secretary (CPV) met with U.S. counterparts, led by Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter.

The Dialogue affirmed the strength of our bilateral relationship and highlighted efforts made by both countries to ensure safe and responsible travel despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discussions focused on areas of mutual interest, including cooperation for expeditious resolution of consular issues, facilitation of visas, extradition matters, provision of consular services to expatriate citizens, familial issues related to child custody, marriage, and adoption, and facilitation of travel between the two countries.