Visa application issues could stop students reaching universities

The closure of visa application centres around the world could prevent international students from reaching university campuses this September, according to industry stakeholders.

The centres are used to collect biometric information, documents and, in some countries, function as places to conduct in-person interviews with applicants – all necessary steps before a visa can be issued.

However, VFS Global, an outsourcing company that manages visa applications for governments, shows that Canadian, US, Australian and UK centres in multiple countries are closed due to the pandemic …

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