GUWAHATI, Jan 19 � �Applying early for US visa is the key to ensure a hassle free process for the students, who want to study in the United States.�
Jessica Pfleiderer, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of the United States of America, while making a presentation on obtaining US visa at the Cotton College, stressed the need for coming well prepared for the visa interview.
The programme was organised by the United States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF) at the Zoology department of the Cotton College. �The peak season of visa application is generally from April to July. If the student applies early, he or she would get some time for preparing for the interview. There are some instances, when the applicant students failed to get into the university due to late visa application,� she told The Assam Tribune.
�We give more emphasis on knowing the person through interview, rather than what is given on the documents. Thus, the applicant must come prepared for the interview,� she added warning the students against presenting fake document under any circumstances.
Presenting fake documents can make one permanently ineligible for a visa to the US.
�After 9/11 the US visa process underwent some changes. But at the same time the process has become much smooth and streamlined,� Madhabi Roy, senior educational advisor, USIF said.
During the interactive session, the students asked various questions on the US visa process and education prospects in the country.
In an effort to make the visa application process more convenient for all Indians, the US Embassy in New Delhi and Consulate General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai now accept visa applications from across India at all visa facilities, regardless of applicants� home address or city of residence.
HoD, Zoology, Dr Subrata Sharma Bhattacharys and Sudarshan Saha, Education USA advising co-ordinator also spoke on the occasion. The USIEF team also went to the IIT Guwahati yesterday. �We would go to the Delhi Public School and Guwahati University, to inform the students about this process,� said Roy.