Students who want to pursue educational opportunities in the United States who have previously been denied an F-1 Visa will be unable to obtain a seat when appointment applications open this summer, according to Donald L Heflin, Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs at the US embassy. The summer season for student visas will begin in June and the first half of July, according to Heflin during a 45-minute live chat on the US consulate general’s website in Delhi.
“We want the summer season to be reserved for new applications.” People who have never applied before, students who have just graduated from high school and want to pursue graduate studies, or students who have recently graduated and want to pursue a Masters’s degree. “If you have been refused before, you will not receive a slot this summer when we open for appointments,” Heflin stated. Also read: The United States waives in-person interviews for many visa applicants in India till December 31: Report
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“Later this summer, from August 15 to September 1, around 15,000 appointments will be available for folks who were refused this summer or last year,” he stated.
“I know a lot of people are concerned, but we’ve been closed for a long time due to the pandemic.” We didn’t have a lot of people who were refused before applying again, but we now have a lot of them… therefore the decision,” he continued.
F-1 Student Visa
International students who are enrolled in an academic programme or English Language Program at a US college or university are granted an F1 visa. F1 students must maintain the minimum course load to maintain full-time status. They can stay in the US for up to 60 days after finishing their academic programme, unless they have applied for and been granted to stay and work for a period of time under the OPT Program.
F1 students are expected to complete their studies by the expiration date on their I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status), which is issued by the US college or university to which they have been admitted and will study.
Generally, applicants for student visas should apply at the US Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their permanent residence. This is usually your native nation – the country where you live. Although visa applicants may apply at any US consular office overseas, qualifying for the visa outside the place of permanent residence may be more difficult.
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