Hyderabad: Students Disappointed As 10K US Visa Slots Get Filled In 5 Minutes

Despite the Consulate offering upto 10,000 F1 (student visa) slots after midnight on Sunday, many of students in the city were disappointed when they were unable to obtain an appointment.
Hyderabad students struggling to get their Visa slots

Hyderabad students struggling to get their Visa slots

Hyderabad: Despite the Consulate opening up 10,000 F1 (student visa) slots after midnight on Sunday, dozens of city students were left disappointed when they were unable to schedule an appointment for a US visa. The students claimed that all of the slots were taken within the first five minutes, leaving them in the "waiting room" for an extended period of time.
Many remained logged in, nevertheless, hoping that the page would be restored. However, their expectations were crushed after numerous tries produced no results.
As the start of the academic year is approaching, many kids are now concerned about being admitted to US universities. In the US, the autumn semester starts in September.
With 299 days to wait for an appointment for a US visa, Hyderabad currently has the longest wait time. The waiting times are 14, 51, 19, and 144 days, respectively, in other major cities including Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
Ashwin Mahapatra, a recent US university admissions recipient said, “My friend called me around 1 am to tell me the slots were open. But by the time I could log in, they were gone. Everything happened in split seconds. I panicked seeing the filled slots because I’ve been waiting for three months,” reported Times Of India.
Many expressed dissatisfaction with the US Consulate's decision to open slots in the middle of the night, recalling a similar incident from last week. Students stated that the Telegram groups they are a part of are how they found out about the slots.
The slots were opened after midnight in the hopes that it would give students more time to fill them at their convenience the next day, according to sources at the US Consulate in Hyderabad.
"But because there was such a large number of applicants, the slots were quickly filled," said the source, adding that further slots will be opened up in stages through June. The source also recommended that students should consider travelling through other cities, if possible.
Consultants in Hyderabad gave a similar proposal. Many of them reported being swamped with calls, but none of the students were able to reserve a slot," said Irfan Ahmed, director of the Career Education Group in Himayatnagar.
According to the Indian Student Mobility Report, over 3 lakh students from India are likely to pursue higher education in the United States during the 2024-25 academic year. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are expected to account for more than 40,000 of these.
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