United States to open first batch of student visa appointments mid-May

The US is all set to begin processing student visa applications for the Fall session/meeting, reporting that the first batch of visa appointments will be open by mid-May.

“Students, take note! The first round of appointments for the upcoming student visa season. will be opened by the U.S. Mission to India in the middle of May. Later in the season, additional appointments will be announced. Get ready for your appointments, and keep an eye out for more announcements about student visas!” the US Department General in Hyderabad said in a tweet. usd to inr

US to open student visa

Wait times for visa appointments have been making news headlines, but the United States has announced measures to prioritize and process student and work visas. us time

An International safe official, last week guaranteed that the Biden administration is committed to making/ensuring sure it processes all the student visas for Indians applying for the fall meeting. us time now

Visa  appointments-US Extends Visa Waiver Program for Certain F, M, and Academic J Applicants until Dec 2023

The US has also extended until December 31, 2023, the visa waiver program for in-person interviews for certain students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, or specialists (F, M, and academic J visa applicants) that meet certain conditions, including that they are applying for a visa in their country of residence or residence.

For certain first-time and renewing F, M, and academic J applicants who have never been denied a visa, unless such refusal was overcome or waived and who have no apparent or potential ineligibility, consular officers may waive the visa interview requirement under this program.

First-time F, M, and J visa applicants who are citizens or nationals of a VWP-participating country, and have traveled to the US using ESTA, may be eligible for waived in-person interviews/meetings if they have no ineligibility issues.

Interview waivers are also available to applicants who renew, a visa in the same category within 48 months of the previous visa’s expiration.

“Consular officers may still, depending on the circumstances in the area, require an in-person interview. We urge candidates to actually look at international safe haven and office sites for more definite data about this turn of events, as well as current working status and administrations,” the US State Division said.


Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply student visa?

To apply for a US student visa, you generally need to: Get accepted to a US school and pay the SEVIS fee. Complete the online DS-160 form and schedule a visa interview at a US embassy or consulate. Collect necessary documents like your passport, SEVIS receipt, acceptance letter, and financial records. Attend the interview and answer questions about your studies, finances, and ties to your home country. Wait for your visa to be approved and travel to the US to begin your studies. It's important to note that requirements may vary, so seek guidance from your school's international student office or an immigration attorney.

How long is student visa in USA?

An F-1 visa is issued for up to 5 years. However, the residence status in the Unitd States is valid for the entire duration of the study and is noted on the I-20 form.

Who is eligible for US student visa?

Individuals who have been accepted for a full-time academic program by a US educational institution and have received a Form I-20 are eligible to apply for a US student visa. They must also demonstrate sufficient financial resources to cover their education and living expenses while in the US, and have the intent to return to their home country upon completion of their studies. Additionally, applicants must meet other eligibility requirements, such as being proficient in English and having a clean criminal record.

Is it difficult to get student visa for USA?

Obtaining a student visa for the USA can be a challenging process, but it is not necessarily difficult if the applicant meets all the eligibility criteria and provides the required documentation. The process can be time-consuming and requires careful planning and preparation, as well as meeting financial requirements, demonstrating English proficiency, and showing ties to one's home country. The applicant must also satisfy the consular officer that they have a legitimate purpose for studying in the US and that they will return to their home country after completing their studies. It is important to note that visa approval is at the discretion of the consular officer, and meeting all the requirements does not guarantee a visa.

Is US student visa F-1 or F2?

The US student visa for academic studies is known as the F-1 visa, while the dependent visa for spouses and children of F-1 visa holders is known as the F-2 visa.

Can I stay in USA after graduation?

If you have an F-1 student visa, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) which allows you to stay and work in the US for up to 12 months after graduation. If you have a STEM degree, you may be eligible for an additional 24-month extension of OPT. Additionally, you may be eligible for other types of work visas or visas for further education in the US after graduation. However, the specific eligibility criteria for each type of visa vary and you should consult with an immigration attorney or your school's international student office for more information.

Which student visa is fastest in USA?

The processing time for US student visas varies by country and situation, but typically takes a few weeks to a few months. The Visa Waiver Program is available for tourism or business purposes, but students must obtain a student visa such as the F-1 visa before studying in the US.