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Appointments for US Student Visas to open in mid-may

Source: Times Of India
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The world and travel are slowly recovering from the devastating virus. Students who desire to study abroad have now applied with great expectations. The embassy devised guidelines to ensure that all visa applications are treated equally this year. The latest update in this series is that the visa interviews will begin in mid-May.

Issue More Visas This Year Than Last

This year’s visa interviews will begin in mid-May to issue student visas to around 62,000 applicants. According to Donald L Heflin, minister-counselor for consular affairs at the US embassy in Delhi, roughly 62,000 student visas were issued last year. The officials expect to exceed that figure this year.

A Second Or Third Attempt

Donald also claimed that if F-1 student visa applications from India are denied the first time, they will most likely be given a second or third chance. This year’s policy adjustment prioritized giving first-time students a chance above students who had a chance but were denied earlier. The authorities discovered that blocking students who had previously been denied visas was the best approach to protect genuine candidates.

The Year of Hopes is 2022.

International students are granted an F-1 visa, which allows them to study full-time at a university or institution in the United States. For the years 2021-2022, the Institute of International Education published a report that showed a 13% decrease in the number of Indian students studying in the United States. The Corona outbreak caused the reduction. However, both students and universities are optimistic this year.

Heflin explained the policy change by saying that they intended to provide an opportunity to all new candidates who were showing up for the first time, rather than those who had previously applied.

“The easiest way to achieve it is to shut out persons who have previously been denied a student visa,” he told ET. International students are granted F1 visas, which allow them to study full-time at a college or university in the United States.

According to a survey released last year by the Institute of International Education, Indians studying in the United States fell by over 13% in 2020-21 compared to the previous year. Again, the impact of COVID-19 was blamed for the decline.

However, according to the 2021 Open Doors Report, the United States remained the leading education destination for international students, with Indians making up the second-largest group behind Chinese students.

Due to increased COVID-19 infections in India, President Joe Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation on May 4 that authorized a travel prohibition for certain nonimmigrants from India.

“Non-citizens who were physically present in India within the 14 days preceding their application for admittance to the United States are exempt from Presidential Proclamation 10199. The US Embassy and Consulates do not offer particular travel planning assistance. “According to the official,

He was asked if a student may go to another nation to seek a US student visa and then spend 14 days quarantined there before returning to the US.


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