The people who have been refused an F-1 Student Visa before will not be able to get a slot when the appointment applications open this summer, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the US embassy, Donald L Heflin said on Wednesday. During the 45-minute live chat on the website page of the US consulate general in Delhi. Heflin said the late summer season for student visas would open in June and the first half of July.
“We need the summer season to be for new candidates. Individuals who have never applied before, students who have just finished high school and need to go for graduate studies or students who have just graduated and want to go for masters. When we open for appointments this summer, if you have been refused before, you will not get a slot,” Heflin said.
F-1 Student Visa for Fresh Applications
“Later in the summer from August 15 to September 1, around 15,000 appointments will be available for individuals. Who have either been denied this summer or last year. I realize many individuals freaking out about it. However, we have been shut down for a long because of the pandemic. We did not have a lot of individuals who have been refused before applying once more, we have got a lot of them now … hence the decision,” he said.
Heflin said eight lakh US visas were probably going to be given in 12 months in India. In what he wanted to be a recovery year for visa operations since the disruptions caused by COVID-19.