CoV-2 / COVID -19 / Coronavirus has been recently declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organization) and many countries have advised its citizens not to cross its country’s borders. Some nations imposed an international travel ban to certain profoundly affected countries like China, Iran and Italy.
This article talks about how COVID-19 has impacted the Master’s students and aspirants, and how US universities have reacted to this situation and if they are reviewing fall 2020 applications.
Students enrolled in Spring 2020
Students have taken action to contain and prevent the spread of COVID -19 and to ensure the safety of their students.
Harvard and Amherst have asked students not to return to the college after the spring break. They have also instructed students to vacate the on-campus housing. Some students at Harvard were also provided with travel allowances. International students were asked to return to their home countries and participate in the online mode of classes.
Universities such as Yale, Princeton, NYU and UCLA have all opted for online sessions and cancelled the in-person classes altogether to contain the virus.
Some universities have also extended the spring break by a week. While some of these universities mentioned they’d be switching to online classes, others have suspended classes indefinitely.
Fall 2020 aspirants
- Students planning to enrol for the Universities in the US, applications are still open, and universities are reviewing the submitted applications and admission decisions are being given out as planned.
- Applicants received emails that said the review pace might get affected, but the enrollment and admission process is going on without any hiccups.
- Claim that the situation would be healthy by the time fall 2020 classes commence and that they would revert to the in-person mode of teaching.
- Universities are even extending application deadlines as.
Information on Visas
- Consulates have stopped issuing the F1 visas starting last week until further notice. Only time will tell how long this freeze is going to last.
- An official statement from the Learn More.
- Embassy of the United States and Consulates here in India have closed all the routine immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 16, 2020. They will also not process the 221gs. Biometrics and interview waiver (‘dropbox’) appointments are cancelled starting from March 20, 2020. The MRV fee can be used within one year from the date of payment in the country it was purchased. They haven’t mentioned any information on when their visa services will be resumed. For urgent and emergency travel requirements, follow the guidelines provides at www.ustraveldocs.com/in
International Students present in the USA
- A link to the Official Guidelines for SEVP Stakeholders Learn More.
- Students in the USA are affected by the cancellation of job interviews, reduction in the number of internship listings online. Some international students were even asked to vacate on-campus housing. This has caused an increase in unexpected expenditure. Also, many airlines are cancelling their services to specific countries in Europe and Asia.
- Virgin Atlantic is expected to cut four-fifths of its flights. It has asked its staff and crew to take unpaid leave for eight weeks.
- EasyJet and Ryanair are grounding most of their fleets, while British Airways owner International Airlines Group is to reduce its 75% of its capacity
- Apart from cancelling thousands of flights, more than 7500 staff are expected to be laid off by the Norwegian Air.
Students admitted for Fall 2020
- Universities have started the i20 process for fall 2020 admitted students hoping for things to get normal by the time fall semester begins (August/September).
- Are also extending the dates for students to confirm their seats and pay the deposits
- some universities allow deferral of seats up to one year without the requirement to spend any money
USA has suspended entry into the US of all non-citizens who are physically present within the following countries during the 14 days preceding their entry into the US as per the Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and the next proclamation issued March 14, 2020
- The People’s Republic of China without including the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong
- The Islamic Republic of Iran
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain
- The Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland (not Including the overseas territories outside of Europe);
- The Schengen Area’s 26 countries
Travel from other countries is not restricted as of now, but please keep monitoring news for further updates.