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  1. Consulates and embassies in Japan and Korea are doing interviews as of Monday. My wife's passport is with them now after her j-2 interview. Hope it comes back soon with a nice stamp.
  2. Assignments were put on hold at the start of the month. Delayed once, then put on hold. I bet we get an update this week -- the July 24th mention is helpful. One question, though: what makes you think that spots are "few and far between" this year? With deferrals offered (usually not an option) and the general difficulties facing domestic as well as (especially!) international students trying to get the NY, if anything there will be more graduate housing, no?
  3. With the hope that this policy is adopted at more consulates and embassies elsewhere, my family is working toward this route. That is, preparing to file for an emergency appointment whilw watching out for new slots opened for people in our category. Thanks for this encouraging news!
  4. Loads of schools are getting on board, resisting and denouncing the move. See this thread (up and down) for a comprehensive and updated list: Also: my local consulate has had this info posted next to the instructions regarding emergency appointment requests since earlier this week. "The first available date would be 7/14/2020." Meanwhile, the first available regular appointment was October 7th. So it seems like they recognize the need for earlier interviews, at least for students' cases. This is encouraging.
  5. Yea, Columbia doesn't like for the grad students to start in Spring. At least that is my sense in speaking with people from across the GSAS. Language courses, professional development courses, not to mention the seminar and summer programs off-campus are almost all laid out based on a September start, it seems.
  6. For reference, the emb/consulates in Japan show this on the panel (under "Emergency Request Instructions," after login): Students or exchange visitors Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within 30 days for Japanese applicants and 60 days for non-Japanese applicants when no regular visa appointments are available. This option is limited only to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Essential documentation: Original Form I-20 or DS-2019 Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable). The first available date would be 7/13/2020. Click HERE to request an Emergency Appointment Going to be trying this route soon. Emailing today to ask more about it/confirm.
  7. The time difference makes that impossible. As long as I could get paid, I was thinking about living in Canada (where I can enter as a citizen, quarantine, then rent an apartment) -- HOWEVER, it remains unclear whether it is even possible to receive the funding from a distance, let alone another country. If I don't have funding I can't attend, no matter where in the world I might be. Wow ok this is important. I will be sure to reach out to the local consulate soon to confirm the instructions on their site. Thanks
  8. In Osaka I was able to book one of the first available slots opened up after weeks (maybe months) of 'no available appointments.' It was the first time I had ever seen the calendar on the homepage! Booked for Oct. 7 -- obviously wayy after the semester starts. The plan is to ask for an expedited or emergency appointment once within the period defined by US diplomatic authorities here in Japan for students. That is: within 30 days of the start of the program. Note that this period of eligibility is different for each country! FYI: this interview is for the j-2 dependant who will come with.
  9. Interesting that they said so. I haven't heard this from others working through other embassies or consulates elsewhere in the world. After weeks and weeks of checking daily, I was actually able to book yesterday in Japan the first available day: Oct 7th. Obviously this doesn't help, but the 'emergency request' button has also appeared, so I/we are thinking about using that. The embassies/consulates here have a page that says that students within 30days of their start date are eligible for emergency requests. Checking now it seems like their schedule is now fully booked here.
  10. How disappointing. Still no slots open where I am in Japan. Will we make it?
  11. good to know this is an option! I know my locale consulate also lists emergency/expedited cases as their only possible route at the moment. Please let us know how this goes! Good luck. edit: spelling
  12. This is news to me. I'd imagine most every school that hasn't come out to say they are re-opening in full will be in this spot. Is it possible that the announcement of a completely online Fall 2020 will mean no visas for all of us incoming int'l students?
  13. D160 is in but I haven't gotten ANY feedback on what is happening or how to proceed. I came here to ask about visa interview appointments. The tab on my CGI page (cgifederal.secure.force.com or similar) still reads "No appointment is currently scheduled" and I cannot even click it. It's not a link to anything. Has anyone made it past this step?
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