Amritsar, Oct 1: A high level team of officials of New Delhi -based American Embassy is on a three-day long tour to Punjab from Oct er 23 to 25 to help people of
Punjab save themselves from the trap of greedy agents and touts in the state.
The team, headed by Paul Swider, an American Officer who works in the Embassy’s Visa section, will interact with the students of various educational institutions and answer queries relating to the prospects of education in USA.
Youth from Punjab, who look for educational prospects and jobs in foreign countries, especially in the US, always considered it to be the land of opportunities, have been victims of these agents. Agents have been looting the innocent youth who wanted to go abroad for greener pastures.
The Embassy itself had been receiving numerous complaints relating to these issues. There had been many media reports in which the youth had fallen trap to the greedy touts who took lakhs of rupees for facilitating them in getting the visas. Young men or their parents are made to part with their hard earned money, and the agents run away. The visas are never granted.
While talking to ANI, Sudha Gandhi, Media Advisor to the US Embassy informed that the team will reach Amritsar on Oct er 23 where Paul Swider and his team will be making a presentation to the students of Miri Piri Academy and interact with students from Springdale School and One-Up Library. On the second leg of their visit, the team will reach Jalandhar on Oct er 24, and conclude their visit at Chandigarh on Oct er 25 where they would interact with the students at The American Corner, TS Central State Library.
Paul Swider is a consular officer working for Consular Team India (CTI) in New Delhi. He is currently working on Non Immigrant Visas, and also helping in other sections, including the Consular Information Unit (CIU) that is the outreach arm for CTI. Widely travelled, Paul worked in Bulgaria, Tibet, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria and Cuba.
Along with him, Richa Bhasin from USIEF will be part of the team as the Educational Advisor. Paul Loh, who is the Deputy Press Spokesperson for the embassy, will also be part of this initiative. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)