She is 16 and we have just found out that she needs an F1 visa for the summer program and have now urgently applied via the US Emabssy website in the UK. We have the I-20 and DS-160 completed and she has her UK passport.
When completing the DS-160 we were told that interviews for F1 are currently being waived until the end of 2022.
She is 16 and we are travelling out to drop her off under our ESTAs.
We don't appear to be able to create an emergency appointment or interview and when i phoned we have been told to send in an email (which we did) and wait for a reply.
Problem is, they say it could take 4-5 working days to get a reply but we need to fly out in a week.
Does anyone have any advice for this, please?
Could she travel out on an ESTA for now? Is there a way of getting an appointment at the US embassy in the next few days?
Having paid a lot for the summer program we are panicing now we have found out that an F1 is technically required.