Indian Students #1 In Getting US Visas: Record 82,000 Indian Students Get US Visa!
The US Embassy in India said that the United States has issued a record of 82,000 student visas to Indians in 2022.
Indian students received more US student visas than any other country.
The US embassy in New Delhi and the consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai prioritised the processing of student visa applications from May to August to ensure that as many qualified students as possible made it to their programmes of study in time for scheduled start dates.
During the pandemic
Patricia Lacina, charge d’affaires of US Embassy in India said that they are happy to see so many students receive visas and reach their universities after the delays caused in previous years by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the US government and US higher-education institutions implemented measures to safely welcome international students in person, online, and via hybrid learning methods, guaranteeing that opportunities and resources to international students remained robust.
Contributions of Indian students
The US Embassy in India issued over 82,000 student visas this summer alone, more than in any previous year.
Lacina said that this highlights the important contributions Indian students make to both countries by building “life-long connections with American peers to maintain and grow international partnerships, working collectively to address current and future global challenges”.
Comprising 20% of all foreign students
Indian students make up nearly 20 percent of all international students studying in the United States.
An Open Doors report in 2021 showed that there were 167,582 students from India in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Apart from the US, Indians have also received the largest share of study, work and visit visas in the UK.
Nearly 118,000 Indian students received a student visa in the year ending June 2022, an 89 percent increase from the previous year.