Wait for first-time US visitor visa stretches beyond 2 yrs

The appointment wait time for first time non-immigrant visitor visa applicants to the US in India is now well over two years. In Delhi and Mumbai, for instance, the waiting period, according to the US State Department website, is now 758 and 752 days, respectively. This means a first time applicant aspiring for a visitor visa will get an appointment around October 2024 in these two cities.