US to resume student visa processing from next week

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For student looking forward to pursuing their higher studies in the US, there is finally some welcoming news.

The US embassy will resume processing student visas across India from Monday, June 14, for those who have to join colleges there this fall.

On Thursday, June 11, the US Embassy in a tweet advised students to visit its website to view availability and schedule an appointment.

On its website, it says, “Student visas remain a top priority for the US Mission to India and we are making every attempt to facilitate student travel in time for the fall semester. As such, on June 14, 2021, we will open limited July and August student visa appointments at posts across India. Students may visit our website.”

“Prior to your visa interview, please review your I-20 program start date. Students beginning a new program with a program start date on or after August 1 may travel to the United States up to 30 days prior to the program start date and do not need to submit a request for a national interest exception. Continuing students may also resume their programs on or after August 1, and travel 30 days before their program resumption date. We are unable to approve expedite requests for Fall 2021 students with scheduled appointments in July or August. If your appointment date may result in a potentially late start, please reach out to your school to discuss options,” it adds.

The US had on April 30, 2021, suspended most nonimmigrant travel from India due to the devastating second Covid here.

“In light of the travel suspension and due to the current pandemic situation in India, most other routine nonimmigrant visa and visa application center appointments at US Embassy New Delhi and the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai remain extremely limited. We continue to make every effort to accommodate emergency visa appointments and will honor upcoming scheduled regular appointments in limited visa categories,” it said, adding, “Due to high demand and limited visa appointment availability, please be patient if you experience any technical issues.