In a significant development for Indian students nationwide eagerly awaiting their F-1 student visas, the United States has now commenced visa appointments at its consulates in India. The US Embassy has officially declared that student visa appointments for mid-July to mid-August are now available across various locations in India.
To secure an appointment, students can conveniently visit ustraveldocs.com, as shared by the U.S. Embassy in India on Twitter. The website provides comprehensive information on the following:
Procedure for applying for a nonimmigrant visa to travel to the United States
Necessary documents, photos, and information required for visa application
Access to visa application forms and instructions
Guidelines for paying the visa application fee
Scheduling an interview at the US Embassy or Consulate General
Essential details about the US Embassies and Consulates General
Recently, the US diplomatic mission in India organized its annual student visa day throughout the country. On that day, consular officers stationed in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai conducted interviews with nearly 3,500 Indian student visa applicants, as per a press release.
Last year witnessed a record-breaking number of 125,000 Indian students receiving US student visas, surpassing all other nationalities. Impressively, one in every five student visas issued worldwide was granted to Indian students.
Brendan Mullarkey, the acting minister counsellor for consular affairs in India, expressed optimism for the future, stating that in 2023, they will be able to interview more students than they can.
According to statistics released by the US Embassy, over 200,000 Indian students are pursuing their education at American academic institutions, accounting for more than 20% of the total international student population in the United States.
Indian students constitute over 21% of the overall international student community within the country. During the academic year 2021-2022, approximately 200,000 Indian students were enrolled in educational programs across the United States.
Source: Economic Times
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