Highest US student visas ever issued to Indian students in 2022

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Indian students have secured the maximum student visas issued by the United States for any country so far this year, with 82,000 students issued by the US Embassy and Consulates across the country.

It is also the highest number of visas granted to Indian students by the US mission in India, including its embassy in New Delhi and four consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

“The U.S. Mission to India issued a record 82,000 student visas in 2022 so far. Indian students have received more US student visas than any other country,” said a statement from the US mission acknowledging the broad belief among students that this was the best year to apply for a US visa.

Of these 82,000, almost 40% are expected to come from the two Telugu states, which have also contacted the consulates in Chennai and Mumbai due to the unavailability of slots at the consulate in Hyderabad, according to Nishidhar Borra of Atlas Consultants. Nishika Reddy, who was admitted for her masters program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said she secured a place in Chennai given the huge rush in her native Hyderabad.

Indian students make up almost 20% of all international students studying in the United States, with the Open Doors report in 2021 showing that there were 167,582 Indian students in the 2020-2021 academic year.

One of the expected reasons for the huge number this year was a few visas issued from 2020 when the country was in lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic and its impact hampering the education sector in 2021. However, with the opening of American universities after COVID, it was widely believed by students and foreign education experts that the issuance would be liberal this year.

Additionally, the US Embassy and Consulates were also understaffed due to COVID implications for processing visa applications. Even now, consulates are working with 50% staff compared to pre-COVID days. But with demand from students, the embassy and consulates have prioritized processing student visa applications from May to August this year to ensure that as many qualified students as possible make it to their programs. studies on time for the scheduled start dates.

Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina hailed the success of the US mission in India, commenting, “We are pleased to see that so many students have been able to receive visas and reach their universities after the delays caused in previous years by the COVID-19 pandemic. We issued over 82,000 student visas this summer alone, more than in any previous year. »

Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Don Heflin said in a statement, “International student mobility is at the heart of American diplomacy, and nowhere is the contribution of students more important than in India.”

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