The brand new visa rules requiring worldwide college students within the US with an F-1 visa to take no less than one in-person course or face the prospect of deportation is more likely to “trigger uncertainties and difficulties” for some college students, the Indian Embassy right here has stated.
“These new modifications at a time when most of the US universities and schools are but to announce their plans for the brand new tutorial 12 months are more likely to trigger uncertainties and difficulties for some Indian college students wishing to pursue their research within the US,” stated a spokesperson of the Indian Embassy.
Responding to media queries, the spokesperson stated the Indian authorities has taken up the matter with involved US officers.
On the India-US Overseas Workplace Consultations held on July 7, Overseas Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla conveyed India’s considerations on the matter to Underneath Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.
In line with a current report of Scholar and Alternate Customer Program (SEVP), there have been 1,94,556 Indian college students enrolled in varied tutorial establishments of the US in January this 12 months. Of those 1,26,132 have been males and 68,405 have been females.
Noting that partnership in larger training is a key element of the robust people-to-people ties between India and the US, the spokesperson stated within the final 20 years Indian college students in American universities and schools have been the harbingers of a robust partnership between expertise and innovation sectors between the 2 nations.
The spokesperson hoped that the US authorities would supply sufficient flexibility of their visa rule, retaining in thoughts the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic for the Indian college students neighborhood.
“We proceed to interact all of the stakeholders within the issues, together with the US administration officers, Congressional leaders, universities and schools in addition to the Indian college students neighborhood within the US as we transfer ahead in the direction of the 2020-21 tutorial 12 months to additional strengthen our bilateral partnership in larger training,” the spokesperson stated.
Introduced by the SEVP on July 6, the brand new guidelines present non permanent exemptions for nonimmigrant college students on F-1 and M-1 visas taking on-line courses because of the COVID-19 pandemic for the autumn semester of the 2020 tutorial 12 months.
“Whereas these modifications do present some flexibility for US universities and schools to undertake a hybrid mannequin — that could be a combination of on-line and in particular person courses — additionally they prohibit worldwide college students on F-1 and M-1 visas from taking programs totally on-line,” the spokesperson stated.