US Govt to Give Priority to Student Visas

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Oct 29, 2021 12:45 PM

The US forecasts a heavy surge in the number of visa applications as the country has announced the lifting of travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers from November 8, US Consul General to Kolkata, Melinda Pavek announced.

The appointments of US visas will be made available from November 1 with preference given to student visas. The US forecasts a heavy surge in the number of visa applications with the lifting of travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers, US Consul General to Kolkata, Melinda Pavek announced.

Earlier, the US had announced the lifting of travel curbs on India, China and much of Europe from November 8. These Covid-19 restrictions were first imposed at the beginning of 2020 with the onset of the global pandemic.

The diplomat made this announcement during an interactive session with the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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She further highlighted that the US has already issued 62,000 student visas to Indians this year and that with the US presidential proclamation of travel ban coming to an end on November 8, all types of visa applications will become eligible. 

Officials said that the accounting period of US visas for work, education or business is between September of a particular year to August of the next year. 

A consul official said that student and emergency visas were closed only for a brief period and that from November 8, all types of visas will be granted, which will likely lead to a heavy surge.

Also Read: US Student Visa Approval is Hitting a Record High in India, Check How

ICC officials added that bilateral trade between the two countries had already recovered by 50% until August, which is expected to reach the pre-Covid level by the end of this year.

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Source: Indian Express 

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