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Key Takeaways from Live Session on US Visa Policies for Indians with Don Heflin, Minister Counsellor US Consulate

Key Takeaways from the Live Session:

1. US embassy intends to start intensive two months of interviews starting July 1st.

2. Tens of thousands of interview slots would be available starting Monday, 14th of June. Keep a close eye on the website to book your appointment.

3. Cancelled appointments from May wouldn't be automatically rescheduled. Candidates need to reapply manually.

4. Parents wouldn't be allowed to accompany students to the US (B1/B2 visa) to help them Settle. Students would need to travel on their own.

5. You need an RTPCR test before 72 hours of flying. Currently, there is no need to quarantine. The type of vaccination currently depends entirely on individual schools. They might accept it or might ask you to get vaccinated once you reach campus.

6. Parents who already have B1/B2 visas would need NIE in order to fly. *Embassy won't be issuing any NIEs in such cases right now.*

7. Dependents (Spouse/family members) planning to travel with F1 visa holders are also exempted under NIE.

8. Electronic i20 provided by schools are accepted by the embassy. Get it printed and carry it with you.

9. Fully funded students do not need to show financial proof during Visa interviews. If i20 has it mentioned, it is enough.

[Read More: How to Apply for US Temporary Business Visitor (B1)Visa]

10. No letter is required from University specifying that the classes will be in person.

11. Avoid booking flights with a stop in Europe as they have strict policies around quarantine.


Most asked questions on Google

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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