Unavailable VISA slots at Chennai Consulate sign now


March 23, 2006

RAVI CANDADAI
Public Affairs Officer Chennai
Consulate General of the United States of America
Gemini Circle
220 Anna Salai
Chennai 600 006

Dear Mr. Ravi,

We the undersigned would like to bring the issue of unavailable VISA slots for students applying for f1 VISA at Chennai to your attention. We represent a student group from Hyderabad i20feverhyderabad with over 5500 members.

The Problem
As you are aware, the current VISA slots are available in the month of September 2006 while the report date for fall term for many schools is August 2006. There are no available visa dates till September 2006 and the only way for a student to get a VISA slot is by buying a date for couple of thousand rupees from Educational Consultants. The present VISA Slot booking system is being misused and people are booking multiple VISA slots and giving random SEVIS numbers and having appointments. This is very common thing in Hyderabad and is leading to panic for students.

VISA slots are sold in Market.
Anyone who wants slots in May/June 2006 can buy a slot in the market even with out i20. A student with an i20 from a good school is finding it hard to get a slot for VISA and the only window he has is to approach a consultancy. There are students with multiple VISA slots as a back up if they get a rejection.

It is very common to see such things in Hyderabad and students need to live at the mercy of these headhunters. This is causing a lot of stress to students and their parents.

We request for some action to be taken against these people who are misusing the rules and booking dubious & Multiple VISA slots.
Therefore, we the Alumnis of various graduate schools in US would like to highlight our concern and request for some action to be taken. We hope and trust that your administration will accept the responsibility to make lives of our students better.

We express our best wishes to the students of south India. We pledge in addition that we will do our best in helping the students with proper information. We offer our knowledge base and any other help as needed. Please visit us at www.i20fever.com for our pledge of support.

From the hearts of students of Hyderabad/South India.
Sincerely,
THE UNDERSIGNED.

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