Washington, United States:
Indian Embassy in US on Wednesday (native time) mentioned it has taken up the problem of modifications in Visa guidelines for college students with involved US officers.
The Embassy mentioned 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 lots of the US universities and schools are but to announce their plans for the brand new educational yr are prone to trigger uncertainties and difficulties for some Indian college students wishing to pursue their research within the US,” the Indian Embassy mentioned in an announcement.
“We now have taken up this matter with involved US officers. On the India -US Overseas Workplace Consultations held on 07 July 2020, Overseas Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla conveyed our issues on this matter to Underneath 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 america.
“Within the final 20 years, Indian college students in US universities and schools have been the harbingers of a robust partnership between know-how and innovation sectors between our two international locations,” it mentioned.
It expressed hope that the US authorities would offer satisfactory flexibility of their visa-rule, whereas conserving in thoughts the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic for the Indian scholar neighborhood.
“We proceed to have interaction all of the stakeholders within the issues, together with the US Administration officers, Congressional leaders, universities and schools in addition to the Indian scholar neighborhood within the US as we transfer ahead in the direction of the 2020-21 educational yr to additional strengthen our bilateral partnership in greater schooling,” mentioned the Embassy.
The Embassy famous that the modifications limit worldwide college students on F-1 and M-1 visas from taking programs fully on-line.
“We now have seen the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] announcement of July 6 relating to their Scholar and Change Customer Program (SEVP) offering momentary exemptions for nonimmigrant college students on F-1 and M-1 visas taking on-line lessons because of the COVID-19 pandemic for the autumn semester of the 2020 educational yr,” mentioned the Embassy.
“Whereas these modifications do present some flexibility for US universities and schools to undertake a hybrid mannequin – that’s, a combination of on-line and in individual lessons – additionally they limit worldwide college students on F-1 and M-1 visas from taking programs fully on-line,” it said.
College students presently in america enrolled in on-line programmes should depart the nation or take different measures, comparable to in-person instruction to stay lawfully within the US.
If not, they might face immigration penalties, together with visa processing or journey restrictions, the US Division of State earlier mentioned in response to new federal steerage on worldwide college students.