Student visa holders whose classes begin from August 1 can enter US: Embassy

Published: 05/04/2021

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes

NEW DELHI: Indian students whose classes in US start from August 1, 2021, can enter the country.

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The US Embassy in India on Tuesday — when the restriction on travellers from India came into effect — Tweeted: “Under the current Presidential Proclamation, student visa holders are able to enter the United States if their classes start on or after August 1, 2021. We are unfortunately unable to approve exceptions for F visa holders with a program start date before August 1, 2021. If your start date is before August 1, we urge you to contact your respective educational institutions to discuss options.”

On April 30, 2021, President Joe Biden had signed a Proclamation suspending the entry of certain nonimmigrant travellers who have been physically present in India, from Tuesday (May 4) 9.30 am (IST). Immigrants, US citizens, and lawful permanent residents (LPR) are not subject to the proclamation. Some other exceptions include foreign diplomats traveling to US on some visa classes, and certain family members of US citizens or lawful permanent residents including spouses, minor children, parents (provided that his/her US citizen or lawful permanent resident child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). 

There is also an exception for air and sea crew traveling to the United States on C, D, or C1/D visas, says the website of the US department of state website.

For students and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs, it adds: “Students subject to these geographic Covid proclamations due to their presence in India, China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa, may qualify for a National Interest Exception only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later.

Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual National Interest Exception to travel.

They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for a national interest exception to travel.”

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes
 
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