Visa Crunch

United States: Student Visa Remains The Top Priority For US Embassies, 62,000 Visa Granted

According to USIEF Educational Advisor, Bhavna Jolly, the US embassy has approved 62,000 visa’s this summer, confirming that American colleges remain the leading and preferred destination for Indian students.

The United States is dedicated to international education and bringing Indian students to the country is always a top priority. During the summer of 2021, US embassies and consulates worldwide prioritized student visas. Overseas students were spared from the US Presidential Proclamation that barred admittance to those who had spent 14 days in India before travelling to the US.

As a result, Indian students were able to get visas and go to the United States. This demonstrates that the United States remains the preferred destination for Indian students pursuing higher education overseas.

Several steps have been made by institutions in the United States to enhance recruiting and offer greater access to information:

  • Numerous institutions have boosted their involvement and participation in virtual recruitment processes such as exhibitions, digital meet-ups, and customized briefings for students.
  • To assist students and families with their inquiries, universities are offering customized virtual video meetings and access to information via popular messaging services such as WhatsApp.
  • To assist students and families with their inquiries, universities are offering customized virtual video meetings and access to information via popular messaging services such as WhatsApp.
  • Institutions have launched programs to provide virtual reality headset-enabled campus tours so that future students may get a feel of the campus, covering residence halls, classrooms, libraries, sports and leisure facilities, and parts of school social life.
  • Various institutions have dropped standardized exams from their admissions criteria in order to make it easier for students to apply.
  • Institutions have included essay topics in the application that let students express the specific obstacles they experienced as a result of Covid-19, as well as the impact the epidemic had on them and how they coped. Students may use this to bring a new dimension to their apps.
  • Institutions are also allowing students more time to submit certificates and documentation in light of school closures in India, as well as postponing and delays in tests.

Throughout the worldwide epidemic, universities have been devoted to this aim, gathering resources and establishing procedures such as on-campus vaccination centres, Covid testing, and quarantine facilities to keep students safe. Additionally, several institutions also have newly built Covid-19 helplines to assist students when they return to campus.

As part of the student visa process, the United States incorporates chances for practical training to guarantee that overseas students obtain meaningful job experience in their field of study both during and after their degree programs. These chances are actually unique to the higher education experience in the United States. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows students to complete internships for up to a year within their degree program.

Optional Practical Training allows students to get job experience for up to a year following graduation (OPT). There are even more chances for STEM grads. These students are eligible for OPT for up to three years. The US government and people acknowledge the significant contributions that overseas students make to US campuses, communities, and economies.

When American students, researchers, academics, and educators interact with friends from around the world, they prosper. In the United States, there are over 4,500 authorized higher education institutions, and each college or university system has its own admissions rules. Universities have altered their admissions policies in many cases in response to the issues the epidemic has brought for students throughout the world.

Many institutions are waiving application costs and have said that tuition, housing, and fees would remain unchanged. Certain institutions have pushed back application deadlines to give students more time to submit and consider acceptance offers.

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