Indians get more US student visas than any other country in 2022: US Embassy

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In a statement on Thursday, the US Mission to India said it had issued a record 82,000 student visas to Indians in 2022 so far. Indian students have received more US student visas than any other country, including China.

In an exclusive report released last week, The Indian Express had reviewed monthly visa reports (available on the official Consular Affairs Bureau website) and found that Indians had obtained almost twice as many student visas as Chinese in the first seven months of this year. For many years, China remained the top overall source of international students in America.

This newspaper’s report based on analysis of nonimmigrant visas issued by the US State Department through July found that 77,799 Indian students were granted F-1 visas between January and July, compared to 46,145 students. Chinese. The F-1 category is a nonimmigrant visa for those wishing to study at a university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, language training program, or other academic institutions in the States. -United.

Meanwhile, the statement released on Thursday said the US Embassy in New Delhi and four consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai have prioritized processing student visa applications from May to August to ensure that as many qualified students as possible get to their study programs in time for the scheduled start dates.

Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina said: “We are happy to see that so many students have been able to receive visas and join 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. This shows that the United States remains for most Indian families the most sought-after country for higher education. It also highlights the significant contributions that Indian students make to our two countries as they build lifelong bonds with their American peers to maintain and grow international partnerships, working collectively to address current and future global challenges.

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

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.

The Indian Express Analysis of student visas issued by the United States has shown that while the absolute number of Chinese students traveling to America for higher education has been declining since the start of the pandemic, China still accounts for the largest share. international students currently studying in the United States. Indian students come second and South Korean students third.

International students make a significant contribution to the US economy, as most pay much higher tuition fees than US citizens. In 2019, before the pandemic hit, international students contributed $44 billion to the US economy. Of this amount, about $16 billion came from Chinese students and nearly $8 billion from Indian students.

Meanwhile, the statement issued on Thursday said that students seeking assistance to study in the United States should download the EducationUSA India app, which is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

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