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USCIS updates policy guidance for international students


Washington: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance regarding the F and M student nonimmigrant classifications, including the agency’s role in adjudicating applications for employment authorization, change of status, extension of stay, and reinstatement of status for these students and their dependents in the United States. USCIS expects that this will provide welcome...

United States take measures to tackle visa fraud in India


New Delhi: The US issued a record 140,000 student visas to Indians in the 2023 fiscal year (October 2022 to September 2023), but a black market has emerged in recent years due to high demand for appointments. The US embassy in India has announced that anyone applying for an F, M, or J student visa...

One of five US student visas in 2022 were issued in India: Garcetti


One out of every five US student visas was issued in India in 2022, which is more than the proportion of Indian population in the world, US Ambassador Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday. The US Mission in India held its seventh annual Student Visa Day countrywide on Wednesday with Consular Officers from New Delhi, Chennai,...

US to issue one million visas to Indians this year


Almost a month after opening up visa slots for Indian citizens over the weekends   the United States has now announced that it will issue visas to one million Indians this year.  “The US Mission has already processed more than two lakh applications at our Embassy and Consulates in India and we’re on track to hit...

US visa processing time likely to fall by mid-2023 says official


The waiting period for issuance of American visas is expected to see a significant fall by summer of 2023 and the number is projected to reach around 1.2 million, a senior official of the US embassy said on Thursday.  "India is the number one priority for Washington (for issuance of visas). Our aim is to...

Want to Study at a Fine US Institution?


By Dev B. Viswanath, Esq. The F-1 visa is a temporary nonimmigrant visa that is available to individuals who wish to come to the United States to attend an academic program or English Language Program at a U.S. college or university. In order to qualify for an F-1 visa an individual must meet the following...

US issues record student visas to Indians in 2022


New Delhi: The U.S. Mission in India has issued a record-breaking 82,000 student visas in 2022 to date.  Indian students received more U.S. student visas than any other country. Charge d’Affaires Patricia Lacina hailed the U.S. Mission in India’s achievement, commenting, “We are happy to see so many students were able to receive visas and...

Proposed Class Action Settlement for Students enrolled at UNNJ


By Dev B. Viswanath, Esq. Some will remember the huge uproar about the F-1 student visa crackdown on students that were enrolled with the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ), a fake university created by the Department of Homeland Security in order to identify fraudulent F1 students, who simply wanted to enroll in the school...

Biden announces Quad Fellowship for STEM courses, 25 Indian students to benefit


Washington, DC: US President Joe Biden announced Quad fellowship for students from the member nations – India, US, Australia & Japan- to pursue STEM courses in the United States at the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington, DC. “We are launching a new Quad fellowship for students from each of our Quad countries to pursue advanced degrees in...