Good news for students waiting to get their US student visa in Pakistan: the United States Embassy has announced that it will resume student visa services from Oct. 1 onwards at the embassy in Islamabad and US Consulate General in Karachi. “We are proud of the long tradition of student exchanges between Pakistan and the US. Nearly 8,000 Pakistani students study at universities and colleges across the US at any given time, and we look forward to welcoming many more who are interested in the American educational experience,” read the press release.
US Mission Pakistan assured that it will make every effort to facilitate student visa applications in a safe, timely manner. The statement also contained a pandemic disclaimer: “We have spent the last few months putting measures in place to ensure the health and safety of applicants and our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, applicants are asked to remember that masks and social distancing will be required.”
This news comes barely a few days after the Trump administration proposed a new rule to limit the stay of international students in the US. Depending on the nationality of students, their visas could expire after four or two years of being issued. Under the new regulation, students who wish to stay longer would have to seek an extension or reapply for a new visa.
Young people all over the globe have had their study abroad plans interrupted after embassies shut down or halted visa services during the pandemic. After months of uncertainty, they are beginning to see a ray of light as these services resume in parts of the world.
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