Candidates can visit the designated website to book appointments
Students seeking US student visas can now book appointments on the consulate’s official website as the authorities are going to open the interview process from June 14.
US Counselor for Consular Affairs Don Heflin said that US consulates had previously cut back their services to prioritise the health and safety of their staff amid the Covid-19 pandemic. As the number of Covid-19 cases have started to decline in India, they have decided to open student interviews for the months of July and August.
Students enrolled in programmes with a start date of August 1 or later can travel to the US on valid student visa up to 30 days prior to the start date of the programme mentioned in their I-20 form.
This year, the consulate will not approve expedite requests for Fall 2021 students with scheduled appointments in July or August. It has advised all students in this situation to contact their university authorities immediately
Heflin also addressed issues surrounding Indian vaccines. The rules for entry into the US do not take into account whether an individual had been vaccinated or not. The decision to accept Indian vaccines lies entirely with each individual college or university, he said.
“Maybe Indian vaccines will get WHO recognition by August. I think there is a big push for that. We may also have more medical research that will tell us whether you can have an American vaccine on top of an Indian vaccine. I think there will be more facts coming out in this field,” he explained.
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