US Consulate holds Student Visa Day

US Consul General Robert Burgess with the students, who received their visas to pursue higher education in the United States, at a function held at the American Centre in Chennai, Wednesday.

Chennai: The US Consulate General in Chennai joined the rest of US Mission India to mark the fifth annual Student Visa Day, here Wednesday.

This yearly event celebrates higher education ties between the United States and India and helps qualified Indian students prepare for study in the United States by connecting them with EducationUSA for pre-departure information, a press release said.

Consulate General Chennai welcomed nearly 1,000 students for visa interviews and afterward select South Indian students and their parents joined a celebration at the American Centre in Chennai, where US Consul General Robert Burgess presented them with student visas.

“I congratulate the students and parents who have taken this life-changing step to pursue higher education in the United States. I warmly welcome you to the campuses of our 4,700 accredited academic institutions, whose communities are enriched by diverse student bodies, and whose many and varied educational programmes offer academic rigor, fulfilling experiences, and lifelong friendships,” said Consul General Burgess.

In conjunction with the celebration of Student Visa Day across India, the US Embassy and United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) launched the EducationUSA India mobile application on both iOS and Android platforms to provide Indian students current, comprehensive, and accurate information on studying in the United States.

EducationUSA is a US government programme and is the official source of information on US higher education, the release said.

For details, visit www.educationusa.state.gov

NT Bureau