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US embassy indicates to begin opening of student visa interview slots

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: The US embassy in India has made it clear that visa interview slots for student visa categories F, M, and J will start in June and the first half of July 2022.

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Last year, the US Embassy in Delhi and the consulates in India started student visa interviews on June 14 due to Covid-19 pandemic. Many students who were planning to attend US universities have already received their student I-20 documents from US universities and are waiting for the interviews.

This year, having opened student visa interviews earlier, US officials hope to issue more student visas than the record number of 62,000 issued last year to students joining US universities in the autumn of 2021.

The latest announcement on student visas by the US Embassy has also told students not to panic if they are unable to book a visa appointment in the first tranche.

“If you don’t get an appointment in this tranche, don’t panic. “We will be focusing on students for the months of June, July, and August and will open slots for the rest of July and the first half of August later,” the announcement assured.

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Furthermore, additional June and July appointments may also be opened up if resources allow. In a relief for applicants, the US Embassy has also eased the earlier announced stand of not giving a second chance for visa interviews to student visa applicants who had been refused visas earlier.

The announcement has clarified that “If you have a prior refusal, watch for open appointments in the second half of August when you’ll have a second chance at the interview.”


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