The Indian government has asked all its nationals to carry valid supporting documents regarding place of stay, financial support, medical arrangements, sponsorship details, etc. while travelling to the US. Recently, the US government has deported persons; whose information provided to the border patrol agents was inconsistent with their visa status.
An advisory is also issued to the students, who are asked to carry documentation regarding their study plans, housing, financial support and be prepared for admission interviews by US immigration officials. The confusion over the denial of entry to the students has been accompanied by the turning away of some business travellers and tourists as well. The US government has repeatedly insisted that the deported persons had presented unsatisfactory and inconsistent information with their visa status to the border patrol agents.
As the US clarified its stance on the students’ deportations India said the American authorities need to respect and honour visas issued by their embassies and consulates. Several deportations have continued as there have been further cases of denial of entry to Indian students holding valid visas to pursue studies in other US institutions.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), while discharging counselling for Indian Nationals flying out to the US, has encouraged its nationals to be more mindful in applying to colleges and to guarantee that they ought to additionally convey all required documentation with respect to their study arranges and so forth.
The MEA explanation says, while issuing an advisory, "Aside from travel archives, the understudies ought to additionally convey all required documentation with respect to their study arranges, lodging, budgetary bolster, human services courses of action and so on and be the arranged for affirmation (passage to the US) interviews with U.S. movement authorities".
"The US Government has conveyed that the decision to deny entry to these students is not because of the corresponding institutions being 'black-listed' but based on the assessment made by the US immigration authorities of individual applicants. According to the US Government, the deported persons had presented information to the border patrol agent which was inconsistent with their visa status," the ministry added, while also noting that India continues to remain closely engaged with the US Government on this subject.
"We have strongly emphasised the need for the US authorities to honour the visas issued by their own Embassy/Consulates," it added.