The US Mission in India declared that its embassy and consulates will permit more applicants for student visas in 2021, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. After these efforts, 55,000 and above students and exchange visitors are promoted to study in the United States, with more students being accepted every day. The U.S. Mission is looking ahead for another great student season as it makes study easier for spring semester students over the next several months.
Identifying this achievement, Ambassador Atul Keshab, Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy, said: “Studying in the United States is special and often a life-changing experience for Indian students, bringing them new worldviews and often leads to bright career opportunities. It also enhances American society, attained high levels of academic success, and strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two countries. Many people working in the US Mission in India take pride in facilitating their travel and studies. “
United States Visa Work Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has created enormous logistical challenges for the consular teams of the United States Mission. Embassies and consulates typically start interviewing fall semester students for a given year in May, but the second wave of Covid-19 forced the mission to delay the start of the student visa season by two months.
In July, once conditions allowed visa services to resume without hampering applicants’ health and safety, consular teams worked to not only match but exceed the pre-Covid workload. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates have opened additional hours for visa appointments and have done their best to ensure that academic programs reach the largest number of students in a systematic manner. In the end, these efforts paid off, with more students than ever before obtaining visas to study in the United States.
The diversity of the American higher education system is unparalleled with more than 4,500 locally and regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States, recognized worldwide for the quality of their programs, faculty, and facilities.
For more information on how to make dreams of studying in the United States come true, including information on academic advising during the college application process, students can visit the following website: https://educationusaindia.usief. org.in/ Interested candidates can also participate in the Education USA College Virtual Fairs, scheduled for Friday, August 27 for prospective graduate students and Friday, September 3 for prospective undergraduate students. These fairs provide a unique opportunity for Indian students to network with representatives of American universities and Education USA advisers to better understand the wide range of educational opportunities available in the United States. As the flood of summer students dissipates, the mission will shift its energy and efforts to other visa categories.