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Happy News for Indian students: US Consulate Extends Student Visa Application Amid Soaring Demand
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Happy News for Indian students: US Consulate Extends Student Visa Application Amid Soaring Demand

May 29, 2024

In a bid to accommodate the soaring demand from Indian students aspiring to pursue higher education in the United States, the US Consulate in Hyderabad has announced a two-week extension to the student visa application period, now available until August 2024. This decision comes as a relief to thousands of students, particularly from the Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where the USA remains the preferred destination for advanced studies.

The extension, deemed significant for prospective students aiming to commence their higher education in the US for the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 intakes, aims to address previous challenges encountered by applicants. Following the swift uptake of 10,000 F1 visa slots released just after midnight on May 19th, which were claimed within minutes, many students found themselves in a precarious position. However, with additional appointment slots scheduled for June, July, and August, Indian aspirants can now navigate the visa application process with greater ease and assurance.

Statistical data underscores the burgeoning interest in American academia among Indian students. In 2022 alone, over 210,000 Indian students enrolled in US universities, with an impressive 40% hailing from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Notably, the demand from these states has resulted in Hyderabad, often referred to as the City of Pearls, experiencing the longest visa wait time at 299 days, surpassing wait times in other major cities such as Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

The decision to extend the application period reflects the US Consulate’s commitment to easing the burden on applicants and mitigating lengthy wait times, thereby streamlining the visa acquisition process. By providing aspiring students with additional time and flexibility, this extension ensures that every individual, regardless of geographical location, has an equal opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations in the United States.

With this positive development, aspiring students from not only Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but all 29 states and 8 union territories of India stand to benefit, as the extension opens doors for a wider array of applicants to realize their American Dream.

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