USA adds flexibility in intent guidance for student visa applications

The US Department of State has updated guidance so that consular officers will have more flexibility in determining the non-immigrant intent and residence abroad status of F-1 and M-1 student visa applicants, a move welcomed by international education associations……

Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, told Forbes, “We commend the Biden administration and State Department for the return to sensible residence abroad policy that clarifies the unique circumstances of international students when applying for visas to study here and will help US colleges and universities welcome top talent from around the globe. This is a crucial step for reinvigorating international student mobility.”

The updated guidance on residence abroad follows a busy period of regulatory updates for the Department of State, which has confirmed that some student visa applicants may be eligible for in-person interview waivers until the end of 2022, but has also proposed a 53 per cent increase in student visa processing fees.

You can read the full article from Study Travel Network click here