Students who are going to the United States to study can apply for a visa 1 year before but cannot enter in us more than 30 days before their program start date.
A year before the start of their course, students who want to study in the US may now be able to apply for a visa. For Indian students, who have been waiting as long as 300 days at some centers, the announcement is a welcome relief. This Monday, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs stated that student visas in the F and M categories can now be given up to 365 days before the start of the student’s academic term. According to a tweet from the agency, “F and M student visas can now be issued up to 365 days in advance of the I-20 program start date, enabling additional time for students to apply for a visa.”
John Ballard, the consular chief at the US Consulate General in Mumbai, predicts that the US embassy and consulates will issue a record number of visas to Indian students this year.
Also, the embassy intends to organize special interviews for first-time applicants and expand its consular staff.
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