Wry Exchange

Visa Denied! First 07-08 Crisis
08-03-07, 11:55 pm
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One of my students, Eli, was denied his Visa.  It’s rare that a student is denied a Visa through our program.  The only other time I can remember a student denied in my area was because he failed his interview when he said he intended to stay in the states.  That’s not the situation here.  I expect to have the decision reversed.   The poor boy expected to receive his Visa yesterday.  He’s devastated.  The reasons given to him are not valid. 

  Excerpt from my counterpart: This is the first time something like that happen with one of our students.  The reason that the official gives to him was that he is 18 years old  (his birthday was 5 days ago) and they say that he already is  graduated from high school.  

Straight from the State Department website:  Eligible participants are between the age of 15 and 18-and-a-half years at the time of initial school enrollment (by the first day of school), or have not completed more than 11 years of primary and secondary school (excluding kindergarten). Students who have previously participated in an exchange program are ineligible for participation in the high school program. http://exchanges.state.gov/education/jexchanges/academic/hsstudent.htm

We have calls in to our Senator and the State Department.  I hope this is resolved early next week.  Eli’s plane tickets are for August 12th.  I am furious.


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