Immigration consultancies and legal experts based in Chandigarh have confirmed that the applications for US visas have decreased by an enormous 70%. This decrease comes at a time when North America’s two senators have proposed a drastic decrease of annually issued green cards to 500,000 visas from the existing 1 million visas.
US had in fact offered almost 900,000 visas to Indians in 2014 and there is likely to be drastic cut in the number of visas that will be issued to the Indians this year, as quoted by the Times of India.
An associate member of bar in Canada, UK and the USA, Kuldip Singh who possesses more than 45 years in immigration law has said that on a day to day basis he is receiving almost 100200 applicants and around 400500 e-mail queries regarding changing their destination to either New Zealand, Australia or Canada.
Rushil Verma a student of Civil engineering at State University of New York has said that though earlier he had planned to settle in the US after completion of his studies, he has changed his plans now. He also added that he has many Sikh friends in the US who are planning to relocate to Canada now along with their families. It will also not be surprising if there is a decrease in the number of Indian student applicants in the next academic year, added Rushil.
Chandigarh based immigration consultancy firm IDP’s official has confirmed that there has been a decline in the visa applications by students who planned to study in the US. He added that students now prefer Germany, Australia and New Zealand instead of the US. The students are also worried that Trump might be send them back home after a while, explained the official.
Capability Developer at the Chandigarh based The Chopras Sapna Hundal has said that several students are withdrawing their applications for US study visa in the middle of the process of submitting the applications. This is unprecedented, added Sapna.
A student from Amritsar Nitin has also conveyed similar opinion that he no more aspires to study in the US and is looking for alternate destinations.
In fact Indians who are already in the US are also edgy as Aditi Sharma said that she had moved to the US recently with her husband employed in the IT firm but they are now not sure whether they should return to India or stay back in the US.