Student Visa | U.S. Embassy Announces New Round of Interviews

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The United States Embassy in India announced an important update for students on June 26.

The embassy said interview slots are now open to students with I-20 who must apply for the F, M and J visa categories at the embassy and consulates for interviews taking place after August 14.

“If you are due to arrive at school in mid-August, make an appointment now,” he said.

In a tweet, the embassy announced, “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 !”

The United States had opened the first tranche of interview slots, for dates in June and the first half of July 2022 in May.

Due to COVID last year, the US Embassy in Delhi and Consulates in India opened student visa interviews on June 14.

Many students who were planning to attend American universities and who had already received their I-20 documents for students from American universities were waiting for their interviews.

Earlier on June 24, the Department of External Affairs (MEA) held discussions with foreign countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, United Kingdom United and the United States, to streamline visa appointments for Indian students.

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi further said that the countries agreed to remain committed to easing and accelerating the process as the flow of students has been mutually beneficial.

“Senior MEA officials dealing with Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States have had constructive discussions with the Heads of corresponding high level mission/diplomats from these countries on streamlining student visas for Indian nationals,” Bagchi tweeted.

India has raised the issue of students with foreign countries and asked them to expedite and clarify the visa process, sources said.

Earlier in the month, US Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina said that despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Mission in India issued more student visas in 2021 than ever before and expects looking forward to a record season this year. year.

Lacina also said that the United States is expecting another record year in terms of issuing visas to Indian students this summer.

Last year, the United States issued visas to register 62,000 Indian students. This year, the embassy opened 100,000 appointments for student visas, an official said.

“We have opened tens of thousands of visa appointments and expanded our interview waiver options for students under new visa guidelines,” Lacina said.

On Passport Seva Divas on Friday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also said that the central government was working to roll out e-passports to facilitate international travel and provide protection against identity theft and greater security. Datas.

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