Visa Officer, Embassy of the United States, New Delhi
Visa Officer, Embassy of the United States, New Delhi
Senior Program Officer, Education USA (USIEF)
Karsten is a consular officer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to the Foreign Service he spent a few years as a Consular Affairs desk officer in Washington D.C. covering American Citizen Services. He completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Before his time in Washington Karsten spent two years in Madrid as a Fulbright Scholar. He is origina
Christopher is a consular-coned officer who arrived in New Delhi in December 2019. Christopher studied Hindi at FSI prior to being posted at the US Embassy in New Delhi and is eager to continue improving his language skills. Before joining the Foreign Service, Christopher worked at American Councils for International Education on the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship in which he administered study abroad programs supporting hundreds of U.S. university students learning Chinese. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Arizona State University and has spent 11 years living in China and Taiwan. Christopher studied abroad in 2007 at National Taiwan University as a recipient of the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship. In his free time, he enjoys playing jazz piano and has performed as a semi-professional musician for over 20 years both in the U.S. and abroad.
Bhavvna is the Senior Program Officer (SPO) for EducationUSA at the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), New Delhi. In her role as SPO, she leads and supports the EducationUSA program in India in collaboration with centers across the country to promote U.S. higher education, foster bilateral student mobility, and advance the U.S. Department of State’s public diplomacy efforts. Bhavvna is an alumna of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, where she completed a BA (Honors) in Literature. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a Master of Professional Studies in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bhavvna has taught writing, research, management, and psychology to students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds at universities that offer specialized education in Liberal Arts, STEM and Design. Her professional repertoire also includes cross-functional assignments in student recruitment and outreach, academic counseling, enrolments marketing, digital marketing and corporate communication, among other domains. In her career spanning 14+ years, the recurring theme and most rewarding outcome has been mentoring students and becoming a small part of their growth stories. Bhavvna enjoys Ikebana, long drives, analyzing films that she often binge-watches and stand-up comedy!
The United States is a dream destination for students all across the globe but when, where and how do you begin this dream journey? Join us on this journey at Jagran Josh with the Yes You Can series where visa officer from the US embassy in India, Chris, elaborate on all the basics and prerequisites for a smooth US Student-Visa Application process to make your study abroad dreams a reality.
The interview is one of the most important steps in your US Visa Process. Check here for the tips to perform well in your US Students Visa Application Interview from the US Visa Application Officer Chris. With these tips from a visa officer himself, there would not be any doubt that Yes You Can Study in the US!
Do we have a sufficient number of appointments available for students trying to study in the US? Yes! US Embassy actually prioritises providing an adequate amount of appointments for US Student Visas. Find out more about how student visas are being prioritised by Visa officers
How long is the US Visa wait time in India and what exactly is this wait-time? If you are struggling to find answers to such questions then wait no more to get your answers from US Visa officers. Understand all about the US Student Visa Wait-time and how to go about it in the Yes You Can Study in the US series by Jagran Josh.
Studying in the US means adhering to various rules for international students. What does the visa rules state for having part-time jobs while studying in the US? Working part-time for international students can help them cover living expenses in the US. Find out here what the various regulations are for engaging in an on-campus job or other part-time jobs as an international student studying in the US.
What are the prerequisites for getting an F1 Visa in the USA? Check out these basic requirements to apply for a student visa in the US from Chris, a Visa Officer at the US Embassy in Delhi, India. Carefully jot down as he hints towards what the visa officers are actually looking for in the right candidates to study in the US.
Although there isn’t any set formula to qualify for the visa interview, how do you increase your chances of getting a student visa in the US? Stick to the basics, engage in the conversation instead of memorising long, generic answers, and what else? Find here the most reliable ways to convince your Student Visa Interviewer and live your dream of studying in the US.
How does one apply for a US Student Visa and what are the rules for the US Student Visa Application process? Visa officer, Chris, reveals the most trusted source for getting all Visa related information. If you are also someone who is looking for the one-stop source for information about the US Student Visa Process then check out this video.
How does the US embassy ensure enough appointments for students dreaming to pursue their academics in prestigious US Universities? Hear it from the US Visa Officers about the different ways in which students are given priority by the US Student Visa offices and fulfil your dreams of studying in the US.
What is the best way to answer the questions in a US Visa Interview? What kind of questions will the Visa officers from the US Embassy ask? Being honest and authentic about your aspirations and goals, being yourself, is of utmost importance, says Chris, a Visa officer at the US Embassy in New Delhi! Find answers to more such questions and make a note of all the points to keep in mind during your Student Visa Application Interview.
United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), the fulbright commission in India helps students pursue their dream of higher studies in the US. Its EducationUSA program helps students get reliable, factual, current answers to questions related to the entire application and admission process, funding opportunities and so much more. Watch Senior Program officer at Education USA, Bhavvna Jolly, in conversation with Jagran Josh as she speaks about International Students studying in the US.
Yes, studying in the US as an International student is expensive but that does NOT mean it is unaffordable. So what are the options then, scholarships, financial aids, part-time jobs? Bhavvna Jolly, senior program officer at Education USA, USIEF, speaks on the financial aspects of studying in the US, breaking common misconceptions about the same because Yes You Can Study in The US!
The range of diversity that an international student gets to experience in a US University campus is magnificent and beautiful. Imagine the perspective of a student who is groomed in the midst of students from different religions, nationalities, cultures, sexual orientations and so much more. Watch Bhavvan Jolly elaborate upon the diversity and inclusivity in US Universities in the Yes You Can Study in The US series by Jagran Josh.
Provisions and access for students with special needs in US university campuses are required by the laws of the USA. For any and all kinds of specially-abled students, universities are more than ready to provide help under various disability services from their accommodation to classrooms and also libraries. Watch this video to understand how to avail the disability services in US Universities for the Specially Abled.
Are you aware of the post-study work opportunity OPT (Optional Practical Training) for international students on F1 visa in the US? OPT in US Universities is available not just for students of STEM subjects but also for students of History, Languages, Arts, Design, Music and all other programmes. Learn more about OPT in US Universities for international students from this video.
Studying in the US is an enjoyable and fun experience for students for all genders. There are even women’s colleges in the US apart from the co-ed colleges. All US University Campuses prioritise the health and safety of their students, especially female students. Know more about safety for women in the US Universities at Jagran Josh in this video of the Yes You Can Study in the US series.
US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti on his visit to India has stated that the visa wait time for Indians will be fixed. Check the completed details here.
U.S. universities offer flexible curriculums that allow students to explore their interests and make informed decisions about their future. Check details here
U.S. University career services assist international students in impressing potential employers. They organize networking events for students to connect with potential employers. Get complete details here
U.S. universities facilitate the development of interdisciplinary skills in students by offering specialized majors such as object design and sports management. Get complete details here
Unveiling the College Experience: High School Students Explore U.S. Universities in Summer Courses, Free from Academic Pressure. Know details here
Many challenges are faced by students with disabilities in pursuit of studying abroad. However, U.S. universities provide support services for international students with disabilities. Get information here
Jagran Josh collaborates with the Embassy of the United States to launch a student awareness campaign ‘Yes You Can! Study in the US’. Check details here