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No change in US, Singapore visa policy, AI disallows students from travelling without host govts' permission

Contrary to media reports suggesting there have been changes in visa rules of the United States and Singapore disallowing entry to Indian students, India Today TV has learnt from highly placed sources that there has been no change in rules and that Indian students would be allowed to enter the two nations, provided the visa period extends more than six months and they have written documentation from their universities that they are willing to accept them.

A travel advisory issued by Air India specified the following cases would not be able to go to the USA on the current 'Air India repatriation flights under the Mission Vande Bharat. If: 1) Your F and M category visa has less than 6 months validity from the date of your planned departure and 2) You are a new/fresh admission case and have not yet joined your educational institution.

However, it adds that in cases of "continuing students", "students may only attempt to travel to the USA with written documentary confirmation that the School/University is open and ready to accept them. Without such documentation, even if continuing students have valid F or M visas, they may not be permitted to board an outbound flight".
08/05/20 Geeta Mohan/India Today
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