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Reopening America for International Students

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By Shorelight Team
Published on April 29, 2021

International students from banned countries are now eligible to return to the United States effective August 1, 2021, and consular operations will resume in these countries very soon.

Two female international students wearing face masks stand in an airport terminal and point toward a gate for their flight to the US

For international students hoping to study in the US, this week brought very good news. The Biden administration has announced the international student travel ban policy will no longer be in effect: Students from banned countries are now eligible to return to the United States effective August 1, 2021, and consular operations will resume in these countries very soon.

If you are planning to study in the US this fall, do not delay. 

  • Embassies around the world are in the process of reopening and appointments will fill up quickly. We recommend that you make your appointment as soon as possible.

  • May is an ideal time to get your visa: Historical data shows that visa success rates are higher earlier in the enrollment process.

  • Confirm your enrollment as soon as possible: Early enrollment comes with multiple benefits, including first choice of housing options.

Get all the details on Shorelight partner site U.S. News Global Education >>