United States Charge d’Affaires Patricia Lacina said on Tuesday (June 7th) that the country is expecting another record year for issuing visas to Indian students this summer. The previous year, states had issued visas to a record 62,000 Indian students. This year, the embassy opened 100,000 appointments for student visas, according to a PTI report.
Lacina, speaking on Student Visa Day at the US Embassy, said, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission India issued more student visas in 2021 than ever before. This summer, we are expecting another record student season. The United States places immense value on international students and their rich contributions to our academic institutions and communities. This is especially true in India. Indians constitute the second largest group of international students in the United States.
The U.S. Mission to India held its sixth annual Student Visa Day on June 7. statement. Don Heflin, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in India, said: “We will be interviewing more student visa applicants this summer. We hope to surpass last year’s record of 62,000 visas for Indian students. We interview many students today for visas. We have a good start.
Lacina and consuls general from across India congratulated visa recipients as they prepared to join the growing ranks of Indian students who have chosen to study in the United States, the world’s top destination for international students . She said, “Today, we recognize the many contributions of Indian students in shaping U.S.-India relations, which celebrates 75 years of achievement.” This year, more than 200,000 Indian students are studying at American academic institutions, representing more than 20 percent of international students currently in the United States, the embassy said.