University of South Florida to extend application deadline for Graduate Programs 2017

Considering the recent concern about H1B1 visa regulations among international aspirants, the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa has extended its closing date for applications of Masters and PhD programs 2017 from Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to Wednesday, June 1, 2017.

The university strength is around 50,000 out of which 1,000 students are Indian. The university claims that the recent arguments on Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H1B Visa regulations are rumors. However, keeping in mind the state of perplexity among the students and realizing their need to be acknowledged, USF extended the deadlines for the applications.

Roger Brindley, USF System VP, said that the scenario has not changed for the Indian students, stressing on the fact that the world has by now noticed that transformation of travel Visas during an executive order in a pulsating democratic state is not straightforward or rapid. The president may take this to the Supreme Court or ask his advisors to put pen to paper for some changes in the edition. Nevertheless, the competition and mutual restraint among the various branches of government are experienced by all in the US.

Brindley claimed that till date there has been no modifications in the position and adaptability of any F-1 or J-1 student from any other country apart from the seven identified. Indian F-1, J-1, OPT students, H1B holders and permanent inhabitants are impervious at this time and hearsay regarding numerous leaked documents has not been coordinated by official statements and is consequently unconfirmed.

Brindley mentioned that the future students need not be bothered at this time as he is aware of their anxiety and is determined to give the students extra time to be in touch with the USF and their peers studying in USF at present.

More than 200 programs are offered by the USF in 13 of its colleges. The courses in the colleges of Business, Engineering and Public Health are most well-liked by the Indian students.

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