Thursday, December 31, 2015

Air India Reopens Doors for US-bound Students

Hyderabad: Around 10 days after barring entry for America-bound students, the Air India has finally opened doors for those students who are travelling to the US to join Silicon Valley University and Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU), but on the condition of booking their return tickets in advance.

As the US government is yet to give clarity on the accreditation of SVU and NPU, Air India has decided not to take risks on carrying passengers with F1 visas to these institutes. The airline has come up with this new rule after it had to bear the return ticket fare for deported students in the past.

Even in case of deportation, now the students can travel back to India on their already booked return tickets. However, this condition is not applicable to those students who join US universities other than SVU and NPU, according to the Air India office here.

The recent deportation row has caused loss to Air India which had to bear the expense for return tickets of the deported students. So far the national carrier has brought back more than 40 deported students to RGIA at its own cost. According to Air India, none of those deported students paid for their return tickets.
31/12/15 Jeevan Kumar Durgam/New Indian Express

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