U.S Announces Visa Relaxation For All International Students! Major Relief For Indian Students!
As we know, the United States Of America had announced on Tuesday (7/7/20) that it will be sending back all foreign students if their university classes go online for the year. According to this US order, foreign students might need to go back or face deportation if their classes go completely online in the upcoming fall semester. According to this order, all international students on the non-immigrant visa i.e the F1 and the M1 visa would have to go back if all their classes went online.
However, now it has been reported that there is partial relief that has come for Indian Students studying in the US. This move comes after a talk between India and the US after Tuesday's announcement regarding foreign students. A lot of air time was spent between Washington and New Delhi regarding the immigration policies and the future of Indian Students studying in the US.
What Is The Partial Relief?
Considering the fact that Tuesday's announcement came as a major shock to all foreign students in the US, today's new order comes as relaxation to all Indian Students in the US. However, hours after the meeting between David Hale, under-secretary of political affairs in the state department, and Harshvardhan Shringla, the Indian Foreign Secretary, the US announced a major Visa Relaxation for Indian Students.
After India raised questions regarding the future of its students in the US, the US has announced temporary changes in the rule. On Wednesday (8/7/2020), the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) has said that it is willing to go back on a partial rollback as far as the modifications are concerned. According to the official announcement, the rule can now allow all international students with a mixture of physical and online classes. This comes as a major relief to all Indian Students in the US. All international students will have to contact their respective embassies for details.
This means that all international students on F1 and M1 students in the US will NOT have to go back to their respective countries. This decision highlights the good relations between
India and the U.S which are getting better day by day and this could count as a win for the
Indian Foreign Policy.