I am currently a 4th year PhD student (with a valid F1 visa) who came to visit his family in India for a short trip but then due to the unfortunate circumstances, USA put a travel restriction on India. I read the rules carefully but the following concern is not clear to me.
Since I am a PhD student, technically I work every day for the whole year. So the rule says " if the program begins on or after 1st August, I will be eligible to travel 30 days before that..."
Now I am confused if I am allowed to travel on 1st July (which is a month before 1st August since techincally my program is continuing) or I have to wait till atleast 23 rd July (since the official fall semseter begins on 23rd August)? [I tried to contact consulate on this matter but didn't get any helpful reply.]
Also in this situation, while traveling, what should I carry as a proof for my starting date of program? Since my i20 is only showing that my program starts on 21st August 2017, so that may not be a best proof for this purpose.
Thank you in advance for any help...