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Update from POTUS on India Travel Restrictions

May 18, 2021 /

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India, the Biden administration has announced a travel ban for all travelers from India to the United States effective immediately. For further details on the travel ban, please visit the following update from the US Department of State.

For any student from India that received their visa for the June intake and has advised us regarding their visa status, we will be deferring their I-20 for our August start and provide a new I-20. For any student that hasn’t received their visa, but would like to defer their admission for the August intake, please advise us and we will only defer your I-20 once we receive confirmation. Students with academic program start dates of August 1, 2021 and later may qualify for a National Interest Exception (please read below) to enter the U.S. 30 days before your program start date.

  • Students and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs. Students subject to these geographic COVID proclamations due to their presence in India, China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa, may qualify for a National Interest Exception only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later. Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1, 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual National Interest Exception to travel. They may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies. Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for a national interest exception to travel.