International students from China who are studying in the United States have been subjected to delays in the processing time for their F1 visa applications.
All international students who intend to study in the US are mandated to file an application for the F1 visa.
Many of the affected applicants have been subjected to a wait time of over two months for their visa to be processed and approved. This info was revealed in a letter co-signed by the various chapters of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at the Berkeley and Cornell University, and the University of California. Many media organizations such as Insight China, also put their signature in the letter.
Some of the students might lose their chances to study in the US
In the letter, the students complained that some of them have already missed out on several weeks of the new semester, while for some others, the opportunity to continue their education in the States is hanging by a thread. There are some of them who are participants in a funded research program, and their delayed return will cause a huge loss of finances and put the reputation of the school and the funding agencies in jeopardy.
Yulin Li, the president of CSSA, also started a campaign and called on change.org for help. At the moment, up to 1,976 people have put in their signatures in the campaign in support of the letter written to the US Department of State.
Weikang Chen, who is a junior in Engineering, in an email expressed his fears when he was filing his application for a visa. He is an aerospace engineer, a profession that is seen as a “sensitive major.”
Chen, however, said he was not too bothered about the visa problem because a lot of students are enrolled for these majors. He is convinced that if the government rejects all of these applications, it will be a great financial loss for the US.
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