Ban levied due to the present COVID-19 situation in India
The US State Department has exempted certain categories of students, academics, journalists and individuals from the travel ban on India as declared by its President Joe Biden and issues by Tony Blinken, US secretary of State.
Earlier, the travel ban was declared from May 4 owing to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in India.
According to the notice issued, students planning to study in the US from the Fall-2021 session along with the academicians, journalists, and other individuals who provide critical infrastructure support in countries affected by a geographic COVID-19 restriction may qualify for the exception. This includes qualified applicants who have been present in India, Brazil, China, Iran, or South Africa, it added.
The pandemic will also continue to put a limit on the number of visas issued by embassies and consulates, the notice further added.
With the present global situation evolving, the US State department has also ensured to process more visa applications, while keeping in mind the safety guidelines against the virus.
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