From August 17, USA will resume processing students visas in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata as Fall 2020 semester is about to begin from next month. The US embassy will, however, continue to remain closed for routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services.
The US Embassy in Delhi Tweeted: “Our consular sections are opening to process student and academic exchange visitor visa applications on a limited basis. Student visas are a high priority, and we will make every effort to assist applicants in a timely fashion, while keeping our customers and staff safe. However, due to our very limited appointment availability we may not be able to accommodate all requests in time for the start of the fall semester.”
The embassy’s website says: “We are pleased to announce that consular sections at the US Embassy in New Delhi and our Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata will begin processing of student and academic exchange visitor visa on a limited basis on August 17. Through consultation with our health and security professionals, we will open in a limited manner that puts the safety of our customers and staff first. Prospective students and exchange visitors should schedule an appointment no more than three weeks prior to their class start date. We expect appointment slots to be filled quickly,” it says, while advising applicants to monitor the website for availability.
“Student visas are a high priority, and we will make every effort to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion, while keeping our customers and staff safe. However, due to our very limited appointment availability we will not be able to accommodate all requests in time for the start of the fall semester. We will try to handle requests based on when we receive them and when classes will start, with priority to those cases whose classes are starting earlier. We ask for your patience during this time. This being said, we continue to remain closed for routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa services. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.”
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