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International students may be awarded a student visa without an interview

Displaying its commitment to international students, the US Department of State announced it has empowered US embassies the ability to grant a student visa without the need for an interview.

The statement from the Department of State reads, “Consular officers may, if they so choose, and pursuant to local conditions, now waive the visa interview requirement for F, M, and academic J visa applicants….” Students may be eligible to receive a visa without an interview if they:

  1. Were not denied a visa previously
  2. Have “no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibility”
  3. Are citizens or nationals of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

“This is a game changer,” says Jason Hall, President of BrighterEd. “This will help the students by potentially removing one of the biggest barriers of studying in the US. This will give students and admissions counselors continued confidence in the US and its commitment to international education.”

See the announcement from the U.S. Department of State here


About BrighterEd

BrighterEd is a partner to US higher education and its students – committed to helping international students find success and joy in their studies abroad.

We believe education and international experiences are the transformative keys to improving lives and changing the world for the better.

We partner with US institutions to offer world-class opportunities for international students to experience studies in the US and gain the tools needed for a brighter future. We offer education, training, and support for students to be successful in their studies and beyond.

We actively recruit from over 130 countries through a global network of 3,000 recruitment partners. We are dedicated to the ethical promotion of US higher education, and furthering education as an instrument of peace and inclusion.



U.S. based and U.S. exclusive, BrighterEd partners with colleges and universities to reach their international goals. Focused on connecting quality international students with their ideal U.S. institutions, BrighterEd provides proven strategies and outcomes for international marketing, recruitment, enrollment, retention and brand development.