- Message from Don Heflin
- Vaccination Requirements
In what is undoubtedly great news for Indian students, the US Embassy in India will begin accepting applications for the coveted study visa from Monday, just in time for international students to plan their return for the fall semester.
Message from Don Heflin
Don Heflin, the US Counselor for Consular Affairs, said on Thursday in a live session on Facebook that the appointments for the student visa interviews will resume on Monday across India.
He added that the international students will be interviewed in July and August at all the consulates in the country for their visa.
The students can book the appointments on the Embassy’s designated website when the slots open. More slots will be added at a later date.
He said that the US consulates had the previous cut their services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account the health and safety of their staff.
This move comes weeks after the US imposed several travel restrictions for India.
When asked on quarantine and vaccination requirements, he said “Nowhere in our rules for entry to the US does it take into account whether you have been vaccinated or not vaccinated.
How you’re going to be treated in terms of what your vaccination means is up to your each individual school.
There’s a problem, we all know about it, we all have read about it in the media, it’s something you talk about yourself — which of the Indian vaccines have not been recognised outside of India.
So will your college or university accept it or will they require you to get one of the American vaccines? That will be up to the college or university.”