US Waives In-person Interview for Many Indian Visa Applicants

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Good News!  Many workers and students serving in India on the US diplomatic missions are exempted from in-person interviews through December 31, 2022. This was confirmed by Ajay Jain Bhutoria, South Asian Community Leader and the Advisor for Asian Americans to the US President Joe Biden, after met with the Assistant Secretary of State for South Central Asia, DonalLu.


Who is Eligible for This Expanded Interview Waiver

You are eligible for the expanded interview waiver if you:

  • Have been issued any category of the US visa earlier
  • Have never been refused the visa
  • Have no indication of ineligibility mentioned in visa
  • Are a citizen or resident of India!

Note: This waiver is applicable for workers on H-1, H-2, H-3, and individual L visas; students with F, M, and academic J visas; and people with culture and extraordinary ability (O, P, and Q visas).

The US embassy in New Delhi and consulate offices in Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai will soon release 20,000 additional dropbox appointments for Spring 2022. This will allow qualified applicants to utilize the new interview waiver authority.

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Collegepond February 28, 2022 0 Comments

Post Graduate Diploma vs Masters in Canada

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When looking to go abroad for your education, most of us gravitate towards doing a Master’s course. Doing a PG Diploma doesn’t cross our mind as we tend to think that it is not as valued and may not help us get jobs. Our decision should be based on the country we are targeting. If your goal is to study in the USA, then Master’s is your best bet as you will not get a work permit by doing a PG Diploma. But if you are looking to study further in Canada, then doing a PG Diploma could be a better option for a variety of reasons as it is valued and recognized globally and also gives you a work permit. Let’s understand the difference between both the programs

Masters PG Diploma
1. The duration is mostly 2 years. However some can be of 1 or 1.5 years The duration is mostly 1 year. However some can be of 2 years
2. About 90% of programs need a 16th year of education You are eligible if you have 15 years of education. A great boon for Indian students who have BCom, BSC, BA, BAF, BMS, etc. which are 3 year undergraduate programs
3. The cost of is very high as compared to a PG Diploma It is way cheaper than a Masters
4. The work permit is dependent on the duration for the program The work permit is dependent on the duration fo the program.
For a 1 year course, you qualify for a 1-year work permit. Most people circumvent this rule by enrolling for another PGD which gives them a 3 year work permit.
5. The seats are less and hence very competitive to get into More seats, less competitive
6. IELTS requirement is 6.5 or more IELTS requirement is 6 or more
7. If you wish to go into research, PhD, then Masters is the right choice Many people opt for diploma if they don’t want to do research but enroll for a more hands-on program
8. Most of them do not have co-op Some programs have Co-Op options that help students network and build professional relationships, which can help you in securing a job later.
9. Usually provided by universities Usually provided by colleges
10. Locations – most universities are spread across the geographies Most colleges are in and around Toronto, having a huge location advantage

The best analogy for students doubting the value of PGD is studying from an IIMs in India. These institutions DO NOT give a degree, but a PGDM. It’s the tag of IIM that gets you the job. On the same grounds, it’s how well you perform and network there, etc that will help you get the coveted job.

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Collegepond January 15, 2022 0 Comments

News Flash : Record US VISA Approvals!

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Despite the roadblocks owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, a record number of Indian student visas have been approved by the US. The second wave of the pandemic resulted in a 2-month delay of the visa season. However, in July, after the situation normalized, the consular teams worked dedicatedly to not just match but surpass their pre-Covid workload. 

As per the US mission in India’s statement, more than 55,000 students and exchange visitors are boarding planes to study in the US, and more students are being approved every day. The Ambassador Atul Keshap, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy, New Delhi went on to affirm that the US mission to India is proud to facilitate the travel and study of Indian students!

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Collegepond August 27, 2021 0 Comments
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