Interviews canceled for some U.S. student visa applicants




The US Department of State (DOS) announced this week that consular officials can choose to waive the interview requirement for F-1 visas, which allow international MBA and master’s students to study in the states. -United.

In a statement, DOS said consular officials were allowed until the end of 2021 to rule on visa applications without in-person interviews, if applicants meet certain criteria.

Typically, after completing your F-1 visa application online, the next step is to go for an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country.

However, you can now get an F-1 student visa for the United States without an interview if:

– You have already received any type of visa (including tourist visas), and have never been refused a visa, and have no ineligibility or potential ineligibility.

– You are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and have no apparent or potential ineligibility.


Are you eligible for an interview waiver?

The DOS announcement is good news for new applicants from the 39 countries participating in the visa waiver program. These include UK, France, Germany, and most European countries, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. .

Many F-1 student visa applicants will still need to be interviewed, including those from India and China, unless they have already received some type of U.S. visa.

However, applicants from non-VWP countries whose prior visas were issued when they were under the age of 14, according to DOS, may need to submit biometric fingerprints, but may still be approved for an interview waiver. .

The new visa rules also apply to M-1 visas, for people undertaking a professional course rather than a degree program, and J visas, issued to students in international exchange programs as well as academics and to teachers.

DOS said, “The department recognizes the important contributions these students make to our college and university campuses. [and] the positive impact they have on American communities.

‘The Department is committed to supporting the American academic community [and] recognizes that this is a critical time for students who wish to begin their studies at academic institutions across the United States. ‘


Good news for MBA and master’s candidates

For prospective MBA and Masters students targeting top U.S. business schools, the latest visa news is encouraging, especially after the disruption in the issuance of F-1 visas and the ban on issuing new work visas. H-1B, who has now risen, lived under President Trump.

Professionals at US business schools are in awe of what appear to be increasingly welcoming policies towards international students.

In a post on LinkedIn, Jason Hall, head of recruitment and marketing for the MBA and Executive MBA programs at Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business, said the news seemed almost too good to be true.

Now, the hope is that a more flexible approach to visa regulation will continue beyond 2021 and continue to encourage more business school applicants to pursue MBA and master’s degree programs in the United States.


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