Unfortunately, these scenarios do happen. Since Consular Officials issue visas, AFS has no control over the process itself. When these situations occur and aren’t the fault of the student, (i.e. applying for a visa late or taking trips out of the country prior to the start of a program) we will reschedule the international flight once the visa has been granted.
If you are denied a visa, we will do everything possible to come up with a solution. Since you will not be able to travel before you have secured your visa, it is very important that you do purchase a refundable and changeable domestic ticket to your gateway departure city.
***PLEASE NOTE: If your departure has to be delayed due to your visa, you will be responsible for changing your domestic ticket and for any penalties the airline charges. If you do not have your visa 5 business days ahead of your scheduled departure, you will need to reschedule your domestic and international flights.
Just remember: AFS is here to help! Always feel free to contact us with any questions.