U.S. Embassy Dhaka Holds ‘Super Friday’ to Help Meet Huge Demand for Student Visa Interviews

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DHAKA, July 22 – Today, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka interviewed over 600 students applying for nonimmigrant student visas on a special working day called “Super Friday.” This event is part of a campaign to enable the Embassy to meet the high demand for such visas. Although the global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted international educational exchanges and student mobility around the world, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka has resumed regular consular services and made special efforts to ensure that as many students as possible receive interviews before the start of the fall semester. These special efforts include spending select Fridays dedicated to interviewing student visa applicants. “We recognize the unique opportunity that study in the United States provides,” said US Embassy Consul General William Dowers, “and we prioritize student visa interviews.” The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka plans to host another Super Friday on Friday, July 29, 2022.

The United States remains a popular destination for higher education. In the 2020-2021 academic year, it welcomed over 914,000 international students from over 200 home locations. International students build lifelong connections with their American peers to maintain and grow American international partnerships and collectively address current and future global challenges. Over the past decade, the number of Bangladeshi students in the United States has nearly tripled to more than 8,500. According to the Institute of International Education Open Doors 2021 report, Bangladesh currently ranks 14th of the top countries sending students to America from around the world, moving up three places from 17th place in the 2019-2020 academic year.

The United States has been open and welcoming to international students throughout the pandemic. US colleges and universities have different procedures in place to safely welcome international students in person, online and through blended learning methods, providing opportunities and resources for students during a global crisis. These exemplify the US government’s commitment to international student mobility and global higher education.

Anyone interested in educational opportunities in the United States can learn more through EducationUSA, a global network of more than 430 educational counseling centers operating in more than 175 countries and territories around the world. These centers aim to provide students from Bangladesh and other countries with access to accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about higher education opportunities in the United States. The centers are staffed with trained counselors who are ready to provide students with a wealth of information about American colleges and universities. Counselors offer one-to-one and group virtual counseling sessions, webinars, virtual college fairs, and an enhanced social media presence, and they can help connect Bangladeshi students to US colleges and universities to get the answers they need. are looking for. They will answer questions about studying in the United States and help students find the right institution to achieve their academic and personal goals. They can also help explain optional practical training, which allows many students to stay in the United States for a period after graduating to gain work experience in their field. You can find more information at educationusa.state.gov or through the U.S. Embassy website (bd.usembassy.gov).

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