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Italy-bound students from Chennai face high visa rejections, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

City students, who have applied to study in Italian universities, have complained of high visa rejections.

Students from Chennai alleged that their visa applications were rejected even after submitting all the mandatory documents including proof of admission (from the respective universities) and bank statements.

‘Doubtful documentation’ is cited as the reason for most of the applicants. But there was no response when students tried to contact them back seeking more details in this regard, said Mir Hussain Ali, an applicant Chennai.

His course starts on November 30 and his admission will get cancelled if he doesn’t submit his visa before that. Ali has already faced multiple rejections from the Italian Consulate in Mumbai. For the past two days, all their phone numbers are ‘not in use’, he said.

Travellers from a total of 156 countries can avail the e-Tourist Visa facility for entering India, when the country reopens for individual foreign tourists from November 15.

For a few other students, courses have already started, and they have been attending classes in online mode to ensure that they are not left behind. One such student, who has admission to land engineering course at a university in Turin, said, “I have been waiting for my visa since July end. It is frustrating to sit here without knowing whether we will actually get to travel to Italy or not”.

Requesting anonymity, the student said they deserved to know the reason for rejections as every application rejection comes with a heavy cost too. A student has to pay INR 7,000 to 12,000 as an application fee every time they approach the visa office.

Affected students have taken up the issue in various social media platforms and their online petitions at websites like change.org are getting more support of late. When TOI tried to contact the consulate office, there was no response to phone calls.

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