US Student Visa Application Simplified in 2023: Embassy Explains How

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Noting that India is the first country to send students to US colleges and universities, Don Heflin, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, US Embassy, ​​informed that the country had issued a record of 82,000 student visas between May and June 2022. He further revealed a few crucial information regarding student visa applications.

“We issued 82,000 student visas this summer which is a record for us. Last year we set a record of issuing 62,000 and what is interesting is that this year due to the Covid-related issues in other countries, India is the top sending country for students in US colleges and universities,” Heflin told ANI news agency.

Regarding agents for booking slots, he said, “There’s nothing illegal about it. I don’t think you need an agent just to book a slot with us. I hope they provide other counseling services One caveat we would give people when you talk to someone trying to sell you a bunch of false documents or telling you to make false statements get out immediately because it can get you in big trouble with your student visas,” Heflin added.

Responding to the question of complaints about the system locking candidates out if they continue to visit the website, he said: “We advise people to visit our site two or three times a day. It will not lock you out. -out and appointments go so fast that if you check two or three times a day you miss them. that happens to people.

He also informed that next summer they could have 100% staff in a bid to avoid problems such as students traveling between cities to visit consulates.

“It’s a result of when Covid froze everything. We have different world council consuls in different places. So people are rushing for appointments and people have been flying across the country. Now it doesn’t we don’t mind when it’s a businessman or maybe a graduate student, maybe an H1 worker. By next summer, we’ll be much closer to 100% staffing. So, things should balance out. We believe they will get the appointment at the consul, closest to where they live.”

Responding to the question of whether students need a visa stamp who are in the United States on an OPT (optional practical training), Heflin said that this summer we started with appointments. you dropbox, for students that they had never been able to do before.

“It becomes really confusing for our graduates. If you are in the United States with the OPT and have status with your school and the immigration service, you do not need to obtain a new visa at unless you want to leave the country. If you don’t leave the country, you are perfectly legal to know what you are doing. But if you want to leave the country, you must come back here and get a visa. Now the good news is that this summer we started with Dropbox appointments for students, which we’ve never been able to do before, and that means someone in that situation could book a Dropbox appointment. not as fast as the first few times, but you can make an appointment with a drop box and then organize their trip to India around that,” Heflin added.

Indian students make up almost 20% of all international students studying in the United States, with the Open Doors report in 2021 showing that there were 167,582 Indian students in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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