Washington, United States:
Indian Embassy in US on Wednesday (native time) stated it has taken up the difficulty of adjustments in Visa guidelines for college kids with involved US officers.
The Embassy stated the brand new modifications are prone to trigger difficulties for some Indian college students wishing to pursue their research within the nation.
“These new modifications at a time when many of the US universities and colleges are yet to announce their plans for the new academic year are likely to cause uncertainties and difficulties for some Indian students wishing to pursue their studies in the US,” the Indian Embassy stated in an announcement.
“We have taken up this matter with concerned US officials. At the India -US Foreign Office Consultations held on 07 July 2020, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla conveyed our concerns on this matter to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale,” it added.
The Indian Embassy famous that partnership in greater schooling is a key element of the robust people-to-people ties between India and the United States.
“In the last two decades, Indian students in US universities and colleges have been the harbingers of a strong partnership between technology and innovation sectors between our two countries,” it stated.
It expressed hope that the US authorities would offer sufficient flexibility of their visa-rule, whereas holding in thoughts the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic for the Indian scholar neighborhood.
“We continue to engage all the stakeholders in the matters, including the US Administration officials, Congressional leaders, universities and colleges as well as the Indian student community in the US as we move forward towards the 2020-21 academic year to further strengthen our bilateral partnership in higher education,” stated the Embassy.
The Embassy famous that the modifications limit worldwide college students on F-1 and M-1 visas from taking programs totally on-line.
“We have seen the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] announcement of July 6 regarding their Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) providing temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students on F-1 and M-1 visas taking online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the fall semester of the 2020 academic year,” stated the Embassy.
“While these modifications do provide some flexibility for US universities and colleges to adopt a hybrid model – that is, a mixture of online and in person classes – they also restrict international students on F-1 and M-1 visas from taking courses entirely online,” it said.
Students at the moment within the United States enrolled in on-line programmes should depart the nation or take different measures, akin to in-person instruction to stay lawfully within the US.
If not, they could face immigration penalties, together with visa processing or journey restrictions, the US Department of State earlier stated in response to new federal steering on worldwide college students.