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US Visa for Students: Thousands Given Appointments in July-Aug

US Visa for Students: Thousands Given Appointments in July-Aug

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NEW DELHI, June 16: A good tidings for the students aspiring to go for higher studies to the United States amidst the prevailing pandemic situation. Thousands of Indian students have secured visa appointments for July and August in the last three days, the US embassy said.

According to a senior American diplomat, the US mission in India since June 14 was “actively working” to accommodate as many student visa applicants as possible in July and August, and facilitating their legitimate travel remained a top priority for it.

“Since June 14, thousands of students have secured visa appointments for July and August. Thousands of appointments remain available and we will open thousands more in coming weeks,” the American embassy said in a tweet. “We appreciate your patience as we diligently work to resolve the technical issues you have encountered,” it said.

Don Heflin, the Minister Counselor for consular affairs at the US embassy, had also said earlier that the US-bound students would not require any proof of vaccination to enter the country. They will need a negative report of their COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to their departure.

There has been growing anxiety among a sizeable number of Indian students aspiring to fly to the US for higher studies in view of certain restrictions in getting visa appointments due to the prevailing pandemic situation.

(Manas Dasgupta)

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