US Visas – change in photo requirements!

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US Visas – change in photo requirements!

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Effective 1st November, applicants for any category of visa to USA will not be allowed to wear spectacles, unless they have to wear it for medical conditions.

However, The US Passports and International Travel, US Department of State ­ Bureau of Consular Affairs, has clarified about a small exemption. “If any applicant insists on wearing eye glasses for medical reasons, he has to obtain a signed statement from a medical professional or health practitioner”, the rule says.

Many Indians (both students and others) were rejected visa last year due to poor quality of glasses and other technical reasons. Worldwide, more than two lakh people submitted poor quality photos which could not be accepted due to poor quality of glasses.

“We had to put their passport applications on hold because we couldn’t clearly identify them from their photo. We can see you more clearly now and you will experience fewer US passport and US visa application delays and can move faster through US ports of entry,“ the announcement adds.

So, students beware! When you go for a photograph for US visa purpose, please get it without your spectacles. Avoid last minute hassles.

UK – not OK!

Under the new visa rules announced by the UK Home Office, anyone applying after November 24 2016 under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category would be required to meet a higher salary threshold requirement of 30,000 pounds from the earlier limit of 20,800 pounds.

Indian IT workers accounted for nearly 90 per cent of visas issued under this route. “The first of two phases of changes to Tier 2, announced by the government in March following a review by the Independent Migration Advisory Committee, will affect applications made on or after November 24 unless stated otherwise,” a UK Home Office statement said.

You might be wondering as to why you should be concerned about this news, since you are a student. Well, when you see the trend of UK government placing restrictions on the student visas first and then on employees later, the pattern seems to be clear – they don’t want to encourage students or employees to come and study or live in UK. Also, with ‘Brexit’ (see our Newsletter dated 4th July 2016), things are looking gloomy for students. Are you OK with this?

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