New Delhi: The United States issued a record 82,000 student visas to Indians in 2022, the most of any country, the US Embassy in India 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 have issued over 82,000 student visas this summer alone , more than in any previous year.
“It shows that the United States remains for most Indian families the most sought-after country for higher education,” said Patricia Lacina, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in India.
“It also highlights the important 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. “, added Lacina.
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 1,67,582 Indian students in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Don Heflin, said, “We are delighted to have done our part to help Indian students pursue a top-notch education.
“Let’s hope there are lots of happy students and parents. International student mobility is at the heart of American diplomacy, and nowhere is the contribution of students greater than in India,” he said. -he declares.
According to the embassy statement, the US Embassy in New Delhi and consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai have prioritized the processing of student visa applications from May to August to ensure that as many qualified students as possible go to their degree programs. in time for the scheduled start dates.
“The United States has remained open and welcoming to international students throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the U.S. government and U.S. institutions of higher education implemented measures to safely welcome safety for international students in person, online and through blended learning methods, ensuring that opportunities and resources for international students remain strong.
“Students seeking assistance to study in the United States should download the EducationUSA India app, available for free on iOS and Android devices. With one click, the app provides the latest information on the application process for university is the first step in planning higher education in the United States,” he said.