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Senators Ask State Department to Address Student Visa Backlog

In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered last week, a group of Democratic senators asked the State Department to “do everything it can to swiftly process student visas” and included 10 proposals to speed up the process to address the backlog of visas for international students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senators from California, led by Senator Alex Padilla, said the State Department must provide expectable and consistent consular services, provide waivers and virtual interviews to maximize alternatives to in-person visa interviews, extend visa eligibility waivers, increase hiring and authorize staff overtime, and meaningfully engage with external stakeholders and agencies.

The senators stated, “We are at a critical time in the school calendar when foreign students and researchers must schedule visa appointments and arrange their visit to the United States.” “While some US immigration authorities are reopening, most are still working at reduced capacity, and visa appointments are still scarce.” Potential students have no way of knowing whether or not they will be enrolled, for their visas will be processed in time for them to travel to the United States to begin their studies.”

The letter invites a conversation between lawmakers and the State Department about how Congress can help clear the backlog of student visas and asks the department to describe how it plans to address their concerns.

But What Is A Student Visa:

A student visa is a kind of visa that allows a foreign student to study in the United States. International students are issued either an F1 Visa, J1 Visa, or M1 Visa. If as a student, you are considering taking a job while you study, the F1 and J1 Visas are suitable for that purpose. The M1 Visa does allow for employment.

Final Words:

The news of the senators asking the State Department to address the Student Visa backlog is indeed welcome news for anyone who intends to come to the United States to study. Do you have any questions about the Student Visas?  Call us today at 904-999-4928 or send us an email at and we will provide you with all the information you need


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