“China has not started accepting visa applications,” says Chinese Embassy in India

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The Chinese Embassy in India issued a statement on June 10 stating that the Chinese Embassy has not yet started accepting visa applications from Indian students and families to return to the country. The clarification came in light of recent reports suggesting that a few Indians have obtained telephone confirmation from the Chinese Embassy in India about the Chinese Embassy receiving visa applications from June 10, 2022.

However, refuting the reports, Chinese Embassy in India spokesperson Wang Xiaojian took to Twitter and said, “It is not true that ‘few Indians received the phone confirmation from the Chinese Embassy in India that the Chinese Embassy will start accepting visas”. applications from the 10th of this month.”

Earlier Thursday, while addressing a press conference on the matter, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also said the same, and added that details and policies relevant visas were updated by the government itself.

Responding to a question about where visa applications from Indian students and families are accepted by the Chinese government, Lijian said, “Thank you for your interest in bringing Indian students back to China.” I have repeatedly answered relevant questions from journalists like you and your Indian colleagues. I can tell you that since the beginning of the pandemic, China has facilitated the return to China of foreigners, including foreign students, who must come to China while ensuring that this return is COVID-safe. We have also updated relevant visas and other policies in light of the situation. As for your question, I refer you and your colleagues to the Chinese Embassy in India.”

Indian students and professionals are desperately waiting for Chinese visas

Notably, this follows a few messages that have been circulating in a few groups on WeChat, a popular Chinese messaging app stating that a few Indians have received a phone confirmation from the Chinese Embassy in India that the Chinese Embassy will start accepting visas. applications from the 10th of this month.

This triggered a wave of anxiety among Indians awaiting their visas. Earlier in April, the Chinese government also shared a Google form to fill in the details of Indian students who wish to return to China for their studies offline.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, several Indian students and workers have returned to India after the Chinese government closed all universities and imposed new visa restrictions for foreign nationals. Students have been waiting desperately for almost two years to resume their studies, while many wait to be reunited with their families.

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