NEW DELHI – The US Embassy in India has introduced variations to the student visa application process, directing all the applicants to observe the amendments.
The changes announced on Friday would be effective from November 27th this year under which F, M, and J student visa application must use their correct passport information for profile creation and appointment scheduling.
The embassy warned that incorrect passport details would lead to appointment cancellations and loss of visa fees. The embassy has directed that the applicants with such errors need to create a new profile with accurate passport information. The changes have been introduced by the embassy to streamline the application process and enhance the security visa system.
The embassy also informed that in case of profile updation, new visa fee needs to be paid if the previous one was associated with the profile containing the wrong passport information.
If an old passport was lost or stolen, a photocopy or other evidence of the old passport number will be required for a US visa appointment at the Visa Application Centre for admission, the US Embassy said.
As far as different visa categories are concerned, F, M, and J visas are categories specifically designed for students aspiring to pursue education in the United States. The F visa is for academic studies, the M visa is for vocational and non-academic studies, and J visa is for exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange.
The F visa is a non-immigrant visa granted to students enrolled in academic programs, including language training programs. To apply for an F visa, students must first be accepted by a U.S. institution and receive a Forum 1-20, which is the Certificate of Eligibility for non-immigrant student status.
The M visa is for students pursuing vocational or non-academic programs. It requires a Forum 1-20M-N, which is similar to the one used for the F visa. The Form I-20 is crucial for applying for the M visa at a US consulate or embassy.
The J visa is for exchange visitors participating in cultural exchange programs, including students, professors, and research scholars. The J-1 visa exchange programs cover various fields such as education, research, arts, and culture, designed to enhance international cooperation and understanding by providing opportunities for foreign nationals to come to the United States for a temporary period.
The recent changes in the application process aim to prevent fraud and misuse of the appointment system. The instructions have been issued by US embassy which serves as the diplomatic representation of the United States in foreign countries and plays a crucial role in promoting bilateral relations, providing consular services, and facilitating cultural exchange.