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US Student Visa Appointments Open Early for Fall 2024

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Calling all aspiring American scholars! The wait is over! The US Embassy in India has begun releasing the first tranche of student visa appointments for the upcoming fall semester starting in September 2024. This early release aims to streamline the application process and expedite visa approvals for Indian students.

“It’s almost Student Visa Season! The first tranche of student visa appointments for interviews in late May has been released. In the coming weeks we’ll release additional appointment tranches for June, July, and August,” said the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad, in a social media post.

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US Prioritizes Indian Students

In a recent interview, U.S. Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, emphasized the American commitment to reducing visa wait times for Indian students.

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Highlighting the importance placed on this initiative, Ambassador Garcetti revealed that President Joe Biden himself directed him to expedite the visa process. This move underscores the strong desire to attract talented Indian students to American universities.

Also Read: US Extends Visa Interview Waivers for Students, Workers, Others in 2024

Record-Breaking Year Expected

Anticipating a surge in applications this year, the U.S. Mission in India is actively working to accommodate the growing number of Indian students seeking American education. In 2022 alone, the US issued a record-breaking 140,000 student visas to Indian applicants – the highest number compared to any other country.

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New Policy Ensures Smooth Processing

To combat fraud and ensure a fair and efficient system, the US implemented a new policy in November 2023. This policy requires all applicants for F, M, and J visas (commonly used by students and exchange visitors) to enter accurate passport details when creating their profile and scheduling visa appointments.

This measure helps eliminate fraudulent activities like double-booking and ensures genuine applications receive top priority.

Double-Check Your Passport Information

Applicants seeking student visas must ensure the accuracy and currency of their passport information when creating profiles and scheduling appointments to avoid potential cancellation or processing delays. This underscores the critical necessity for adherence to the prescribed guidelines.

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Also Read: USCIS Allows F-1 Student Visa Holders to Work In US Startups

Looking Ahead

With the early release of appointments, a dedicated consular team, and a focus on efficient processing, aspiring Indian students can look forward to a smoother journey towards achieving their American academic dreams.


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