Good News for New Indian Student Visa Applicants: The US Embassy in India has announced that more student visa appointments will be available for students who are due to arrive at their campuses by mid-August.
On June 24, he tweeted that interview slots are now open for students with an I-20 form who must apply for F, M, and J visa categories at the embassy and consulates for interviews after June 14. august. Form 1-20 is crucial for students applying for an F-1 or M-1 student visa.
Student visa appointments are available on our website. If you have an I-20, don’t wait! Future F, M and J appointment openings at the Embassy and Consulates will be for interviews taking place after August 14, so if you need to arrive at the school before mid-August, make an appointment now !
— United States Embassy in India (@USAndIndia) June 24, 2022
Earlier in May, the embassy opened its first batch of interviews for dates in June and the first half of July 2022, as reported by The Times of India.
Visa Issues for Indian Students
For many Indians, delays in processing their student visas have disrupted their plans to return to their overseas campuses to join their classes offline as borders around the world reopen. A lack of open communication with the embassy left students frustrated.
“We have been trying to book the J1 visa appointment for the last 2 months for September 2022 with no success. There is absolutely no consular interview date available! I have emailed the Embassy multiple times without Please clarify,” wrote Twitter user Rafeh Naqash, MD, who has been trying to book his J1 visa appointment for two months.
@USAndIndia We tried to make an appointment for the J1 visa for the last 2 months for September 2022 without success. There are absolutely no consular interview dates available! I have sent several e-mails to the embassy with no response. Please specify!
— Rafeh Naqash, MD (@thenasheffect) June 24, 2022
The exasperation is echoed by Koushik Prime, an applicant applying for his F-1 student visa, which was previously denied: “Can you provide us with an update on previously denied F1 slots? It was mentioned that the slots would be released for late August appointments. However, colleges start in mid-August. What are the guidelines on this? Is it possible to release slots for earlier dates,” he said. tweeted.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student visa interview slots were limited. When the slots opened last June, many students had already received their I-20 documents and were anticipating their interviews.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted that India had raised with the US, UK, Australia and several European countries the need to expedite and “streamline » student visa appointments following complaints about delays in processing student visas.
Senior MEA officials dealing with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, United Kingdom and United States had constructive discussions with Heads of Mission /corresponding senior diplomats from these countries on streamlining student visas for Indian nationals.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) June 24, 2022
Bagchi adds that these countries agree to remain committed to easing and speeding up the visa application process, as the flow of students has been mutually beneficial.