U.S. student visas expected to return to normal levels this summer

The new appointment time for U.S. student visas is here! According to the query results in the U.S. student visa appointment system, the U.S. visa appointment available at the Beijing Embassy is May 4, 2021, and the new appointment available at the Guangzhou Embassy is September 2021. The U.S. student visa can be expected to return to normal levels this summer.

Visas are expected to return to normal levels this summer

In addition to repealing some discriminatory entry policies for U.S. students, a State Department spokesperson said that the epidemic has delayed U.S. student visa operations worldwide and that the State Department is committed to resuming U.S. visa operations worldwide as soon as possible. The State Department is committed to restoring U.S. visa operations worldwide as soon as possible. Among them, the F visa, which is of great concern to U.S. students, is expected to return to the level before the outbreak this summer.

F1 visa holders who are traveling to the U.S. again should confirm the following

As a reminder, most F1 visa holders have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 months, and some have not entered the U.S. for more than a year as time passes. Therefore, before traveling to the U.S., please check with your school again to confirm that

  1. Ask the school to reissue a new I-20 form.
  2. Be sure to check and confirm the following information carefully after you get the new I-20 form.
  3. Whether the SEVIS No. on the I-20 form is the same as the previous SEVIS No. for F1 VISA.
  4. The earliest date of entry (30-day rule: you cannot enter the U.S. with an F-1 visa more than 30 days in advance).
  5. The date of issuance in the signature block.
  6. Parental signature of minor student.

7、Signature of the person himself/herself.

The U.S. university will not take the initiative to inform whether the I-20 form is no longer valid, and the U.S. F1 visa holder needs to take the initiative to contact the school to confirm. Some students have not taken the initiative to update their I-20s because they have been in the country for a long time and the school has not taken the initiative to update the I-20s for them. The student’s SEVIS ID will have changed by the time the I-20 is issued again. Whether or not the student can enter the U.S. on the original F-1 visa is subject to the real-time immigration policy of the specific customs office.

In addition, most university administrators in the United States are optimistic about the reopening of the fall 2021 semester. Given the changes that may occur in the next few months, most schools are expected to wait until May 1, 2021 to provide a specific start date, as this is the deadline for admissions applicants to decide whether or not to enroll once they have received an offer.

About rebooking your interview

For new students who are studying in the U.S. for the first time, it is important to follow the visa process; however, for students who are already studying in the U.S. and have returned home due to the epidemic, the question is “Do I need to reschedule my visa appointment if I have been out of the country for more than 5 months? USCIS regulations state that if an international student in the U.S. leaves the U.S. for more than 5 months in a year while studying in the U.S., the F-1 visa will become invalid.

Since June and July is the peak time for F-1 visa application every year, the closer the school year starts, the more people need to do F-1 visa, and there will be a peak time for appointment then, no matter it is a third country or domestic. Therefore, please brush up on the interview page and complete the interview as early as possible.

Currently, the RDs for US students are issuing offers one after another, and it is expected that the offer distribution will come to an end at the end of March. If the school can start successfully in the fall, then the summer will be the peak period for the U.S. student visa. Here, the teachers of Wisdom Study remind all students who plan to apply for the F-1 student visa to plan well in advance, keep an eye on the new policies and information, and make a specific plan for the U.S. student visa according to your specific situation.