The USA will give preference to student visas as the country forecasts a heavy surge in the application of the authorization with the lifting of travel curbs for vaccinated travelers, a diplomat of the nation said on Wednesday. However, the US government has already announced the lifting of the severe travel restrictions on China, India, and much of Europe effective from 8th November 2021.
The US travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to check the spread of COVID-19.
“The appointments for a visa will be made available from November 1. Priority will be given to student visas,” US Consul General to Kolkata, Melinda Pavek said on the sidelines of an interactive session with the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
USA Government to Give Preference to Student Visas
The US has as of now gave 62000 Indian student visas in 2021, she said.
She said with the US presidential proclamation coming to an end on 8th November 2021. Applications for a wide range of visas will become eligible.
The accounting period for a US visa for different purposes like work, business, and studies. Also, it is between September of a year to August the next year, officials said.
Further, A consul official said except for a brief period student and emergency visas were not shut. From November 8th, 2021 a wide range of visas will be given and a heavy surge of visa applications is expected.
Patton International senior authority Preeyam Bhudhia said Indo-US trade will get a boost with the lifting of the travel restrictions.
Bilateral trade between the two nations had as of now recovered by 50 percent till August. And also is expected to reach the pre-COVID level of 2019 in the current year, ICC authorities said.