visa processing creating uncertainty among tertiary institutions

Universities and colleges are worried that the border opening to foreign nationals in April will have little effect on international student mobility due to the visas being on processing hold until August. “They need this confirmation now if they are going to be able...

Visa processing delays unlikely to be resolved soon

Large numbers of US consulates around the world have not been processing visas, leading to concerns from stakeholders that international students won’t be able to reach campuses for the fall 2021 semester.  “Honestly, we would like to be able to offer visa interviews...

US Embassy in China begins processing student visas

More than 3,000 online applications were filed online within the first hour of the platform reopening, with the first appointments having taking place on May 4. A total of 100 visa officers, who will be supported by 150 local staff, will process the new applications....

Concerns mount around US visa processing

A dataset seen by The PIE News shows that out of 265 US embassies and consulates around the world 123 are either closed, temporarily closed or only offering emergency appointments.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in profound reductions in the Department’s visa...

Indian students protest against visa processing delays

Late last year, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration in Québec issued a decree suspending the processing of international applications at 10 institutions as a result of “dubious” international student recruitment practices. “We are...