Appointments for student visa interviews will open on Monday across the country, US Counselor for Consular Affairs, Don Heflin, said on Thursday. Students will be interviewed over July and August at consulates for their visa, for which they can book appointments on the designated website, when slots open on Monday morning. More slots will be added at a later date, said Heflin in a Facebook live session.
He said US consulates had cut back their services in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, considering the health and safety of their staff, which affected their ability to provide appointments for student visa interviews.
Answering a query from a student visa applicant on quarantine and Covid-19 vaccination requirements, Heflin recommended checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for quarantine rules.
He said students enrolled in programmes with a start date of August 1 or later can travel to the US on their valid student visa upto 30 days prior to the programme start date mentioned in their I-20 form. If the start date is before August 1, Heflin recommended that students contact their college or university to discuss their options.
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