At least 1,300 Indian students have received Chinese visas, says Chinese foreign ministry
China on Monday said that at least 1,300 Indian students have received Chinese visas despite COVID-19 restrictions.
In a regular press briefing, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, "As far as I know, despite COVID-19, progress has been made in the cross-border flow of personnel between China and India. At least 1,300 Indian students have received Chinese visas," in response to a media query on Chinese universities delaying "no objection certificates (NOCs) to Indian students have received Chinese visas," in response to a media query on Chinese universities delaying "no objection certificates (NOCs) to Indian students."
He further advised Indian students to stay in close touch with their universities and plan their return to campus.
"The channels for communication between Indian students and Chinese universities remain open. We suggest that Indian students stay in close touch with their universities and plan their return to campus according to the arrangement of their universities," said Lijian.
As per reports, 40 Chinese universities have still not issued Indian students the NOCs required to apply for Chinese visas. This is affecting thousands of Indian students. While many of these universities are not replying to their requests, a few universities said that their provincial government is stopping them from issuing the NOCs.
Replying to questions on whether is there any timeline while issuing the same documents to students from other countries, Lijian said, "I know you have followed very closely the developments regarding Indian students' return to China. I would refer you to the competent Chinese authorities. I can tell you that the Chinese government welcomes foreign students to resume or start their studies in China, and the government has provided possible assistance to the students who need it. Foreign students who wish to acquire a degree in China can apply for visas in Chinese embassies and consulates overseas. Since August 24, foreigners holding a valid residence permit for study can enter China directly with that permit."
Notably, China began issuing visas for students who obtain permits from their Chinese colleges and universities to return to take up their studies.
But they find it hard to travel to China as both countries have yet to resume flight services.
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