China has announced that from August 24, Indian students will be able to apply for visas to resume their studies after more than two years of delay induced by Covid-19 restrictions.
“Warmest congratulations to #Indian #students! Your patience is worth it. I can truly share your enthusiasm and happiness. Welcome back to #China!” said Ji Rong, Advisor, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry Chinese Foreign Affairs, in a tweet. .
The Chinese Embassy in India has released updated procedures for visa applications, including for newly enrolled and returning students.
Indian students continuing their studies, mainly in the medical stream, from Chinese universities have been unable to return to China to attend classes because China had imposed restrictions on their return citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regarding visas, Ji said today that she has received many requests to help students with university documents. “What I learned from a colleague at #MOE is that #Chinese universities are welcoming you back and need time to prepare since the announcement of the new #study visa policy. Please keep patience and faith,” she said.
Ji added, “Actually, I’m told that your #teachers don’t like online classes because they work much harder to give more classes to #students from different regions because of the time equation. Trust that the #universities will do their best to speed up the process, & your professors welcome you to campus!”
Earlier, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong assured that the first batch of Indian students, who were stranded in India due to COVID-19 visa restrictions, will return to China very soon to resume their studies and that the respective departments of the two countries are working on it.
In July, China said the country had made progress in facilitating the return of Indian students and was working with relevant departments to ensure that the first batch of Indian students could return to study in China at the earliest.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, also stressed the need to speed up the process of returning Indian students in China to attend classes at an early date.
In order to facilitate the return of Indian students, Jaishankar met with Wang Yi on March 25.
Earlier in April, the Chinese side had expressed willingness to consider facilitating the return of Indian students to China based on need, the Indian Embassy in China said.