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AP govt sets up helpline for students facing immigration issues in US

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PNS | Vijayawada

The Andhra Pradesh government has taken swift action in response to the deportation of AP students by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities upon their arrival at US ports of entry.

Chie Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is actively addressing this issue and is committed to seeking a resolution through the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, at the earliest. It is crucial to note that all these students possess valid USA visas for pursuing higher education and that their career aspirations are at stake.

A government press release said, “We recognise that possessing a valid USA visa does not guarantee entry into the country, as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at US immigration checkpoints also have discretion in granting entry. Therefore, we strongly advise our students, especially those about to travel to the USA, to be thoroughly prepared to respond to any inquiries from CBP authorities upon immigration to the USA.”

To ensure a smooth entry, the students were advised to carry all relevant documentation, including proof of financial resources, a solid understanding of US immigration laws governing non-immigrant visas, knowledge about chosen universities and programme, and any other necessary documents, the release added.

For those students who have unfortunately been deported, the students were told to reach out to the APNRT Society, a government entity specialising in NRI services, Overseas Education Admission and Counselling, pre-departure orientation, post-arrival support, and long-term tracking, among other services.

Students were further advised not to trust misleading or false promises from certain education consultants and other agencies in the field of overseas education. It is always advisable to work with reputable agencies.

It is important to understand that, according to US laws, all individuals arriving at a US port-of-entry are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. If, during the interview process, CBP officers perceived unsatisfactory answers regarding financial proof for sustenance in the USA or university admission documentation, they may have had concerns about potential violations of US immigration laws.

For any assistance, the students can contact the APNRTS helpline at +91 863 2340678 or +91 85000 27678 (W), which is available 24/7. They can also reach out via email at info@apnrts.com or helpline@apnrts.com.

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