August 24, 2021
More than 55,000 students and exchange program scholars will be boarding US-bound flights for the Spring semester. In India, the student visa season, which normally begins every year in May, was delayed by two months due to the second wave of covid pandemic. In July, as soon as the cases were reduced, embassies and consulates resumed visa services and consular teams worked not only to match, but to exceed the pre-covid numbers.
“The US Embassy and Consulates opened additional hours for visa appointments and made every possible effort to ensure timely arrival for academic programs for as many students as possible. Ultimately, these efforts paid off, as more students than ever before received visas to study in the United States,” the US Mission statement read.
Ambassador Atul Keshap, Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy stated: "Studying in the United States is a unique and often life-changing experience for Indian students, granting fresh, global perspectives and frequently leading to invaluable career opportunities. Indian students also enrich US society, achieve high levels of academic success, and deepen the bonds of friendship between our countries. The many hard-working women and men of the US Mission to India are proud to facilitate their travel and study."
This comes on the heels of a letter that more than two dozen senators wrote in early August to US Secretary of the State, Tony Blinken, highlighting the urgency of the situation. “We are at a critical point in the academic calendar when international students and scholars must make visa appointments and plan their travel to the United States,” they wrote.
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