The Indian Embassy in Washington has urged the United States Government to mitigate the difficulties of the Indian students that they are facing in the wake of the closure of universities and educational institutions due to the fast spread of the Corona virus. More than two lakh Indian students are enrolled in various academic institutions, mostly in science, medical and technology streams.

The Indian Embassy and all its five consulates in Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco have reached out to the US State Department and the Citizenship and Immigration Services to ensure that students from India do not face difficulties when it comes to their visa, legality of their stay in the country.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) will continue to provide guidance on distance-learning for international students. The SEVP has confirmed that international students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the US or outside the country, in light of COVID-19, without affecting their visa status.

The Indian Embassy has, in its advisory, urged Indian students to avoid all non-essential domestic or international travel. 

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