The Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019, issued on April 30, 2021, extends National Interest Exceptions (NIE) to students whose presence in India, China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa would otherwise subject them to travel bans. The NIE is granted for up to 180 days and can be extended once. There are no further details about how the government will determine whether an individual qualifies for an extension.
In general, foreign citizens who are living in India, including those who have been granted Indian citizenship, cannot be deported, except under special circumstances such as involvement in serious crime. There is also a provision for temporary suspension of entry but this has not been invoked since its introduction in 2005.
Those who hold valid visas can travel within India as long as they comply with all requirements set by Indian authorities. However, if they come into contact with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), they would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has advised Indians living abroad to follow their respective countries' guidelines for COVID-19 before traveling back home.
International students should obtain proof of immunization against tuberculosis (TB). The vaccine is available free of charge through the World Health Organization (WHO). Proof of vaccination is required by Indian authorities to enter the country.
Despite the fact that the US government has announced a travel ban on India beginning May 4, some categories of travelers, including Indian students seeking to begin studies at American universities in the fall semester of 2021, have been exempted under national interest exceptions, according to the US State Department.
"There is no restriction on the entry of Indian citizens into the United States," a State Department spokesperson told us. "They are free to come and go as they please."
The spokesperson added that the decision on whether to grant new visas to Indian citizens will be made on a case-by-case basis. However, there's no guarantee that they'll be issued.
Currently, the only country that matches India's profile as far as international education is concerned is Australia. While it is true that Australians need to fulfill some language requirements to be granted a visa, these can be fulfilled by learning English. The situation with respect to academic programs is slightly more complicated. In most cases, Australian universities want to see evidence of sufficient financial support for studying in the country. This means that if an Indian student wants to study medicine in Australia, for example, he or she would need to show that they can afford to pay for themselves while doing so.
In addition to Australia, several other countries that have signed educational agreements with India include Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, and Switzerland.
From Another Country: Entry to the United States has been prohibited for most foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, or some European nations in the 14 days preceding their scheduled arrival. Non-essential travel between the United States and Canada and Mexico has also been halted. These measures are in response to the COVID-19 virus that has spread throughout the world.
Yes, as long as it meets health requirements. You can bring up to $100,000 worth of merchandise into the US without having to declare it at the border. However, if the value of your shipment is more than $10,000, you will need to file a form with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In this case, you will need to contact the American Embassy or Consulate in China to see what steps can be taken to get a new one issued. If time is of the essence, you can always try to cross the border when it's closed. In this case, you will need to prepare an application with the DHS in advance so it can be processed when the border reopens.