Pakistani Fulbright Scholars 2020 never made it to their desired universities as the US Visa office had closed all appointments for Visa after the Coronavirus outbreak in the country. Traveling to the US was banned for many months since the beginning of 2020 as the virus has been transmitting in the region faster.
Every year, thousands of students are selected within the US and worldwide to study at US universities. The fully-funded scholarship is offered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
In a tweet, the USEFP informed scholars eagerly waiting to travel regarding the changes made to keep them safe. The tweet said, “We are sorry to share this update with you so late.”
#Update #Fulbright #USEFP pic.twitter.com/pa643FiqNZ
— USEFP (@USEFP) November 24, 2020
The 2020 Fulbright Scholar Program’s recruitment process remains paused as the US’s situation still looks uncertain. The good people at USEFP are hopeful and wish to resume the process later in the following months. The candidates who have been shortlisted for 2020 will eventually be contacted for an interview soon.
The tweet further said, “The selected candidates will be able to join the 2021 cohort instead of 2020”.
While the recruitment process remains interrupted, the US Embassy issued a notification saying, “The United States Embassy in Pakistan and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi have resumed certain nonimmigrant services, including F, M, certain J categories (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor professor, research scholar, short-term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student, and college/university student).”
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One thing is certain; for students/scholars, an entire academic year has gone to waste because of the uncertainty of the situation. The second wave has been reported worldwide, and many countries have already announced a second lockdown to restrain the virus.
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