President Joe Biden announced that a travel ban is being imposed on travelers arriving from India beginning May 4, in view of the extraordinary situation arising out of Corona in India.
The US has announced a travel ban from May 4 in view of the increasing cases of Coronavirus in India. However, the US State Department said that certain categories of students, academics, journalists and individuals have been exempted from the India Travel Ban announced by President Joe Biden. These exemptions have been issued by Foreign Minister Antony Blinken.
President Joe Biden announced that in view of the extraordinary situation arising from Corona in India, a travel ban is being imposed on travelers arriving from India beginning May 4. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, this exemption given in the travel ban is similar to that given to certain categories of travelers coming from Brazil, China, Iran and South Africa. In keeping with the State Department’s commitment to facilitate the visit of the US, Foreign Minister Blinken decided that some of the same rules will be applied to India, as was done on other countries.
Visas are being issued in small numbers
The State Department said that students, academics, journalists and other people, who are working to provide important infrastructure in the countries facing Corona, have been exempted from the ban. It said that it includes all those applicants who are present in India, Brazil, China, Iran and South Africa. Due to the epidemic, our embassies and consulates abroad are issuing small numbers of visas. The department said, as always, visa applicants should check the website of the nearest embassy or check the website of the consulate for the most information about visa appointment availability.
Students applying for new F-1 and M-1 visas may also get exemption
A national interest waiver issued by the State Department on 26 April stated that students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not have to contact the embassy for a waiver of travel for academic programs beginning August 1. They can enroll in the US up to 30 days before the start of their academic program. At the same time, students who have applied for new F-1 and M-1 visas can contact their nearest embassy and consulate to know the status of their visa. Those who will be considered qualified for F-1 and M-1 visas will be exempted from travel ban.
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