New Delhi: The US has issued a record 82,000 student visas in 2022 so far, more than any other country.
US Embassy in New Delhi and four Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai prioritized processing of student visa applications from May to August to ensure that as many qualified students as possible can travel on time for scheduled start dates of their education programmes.
Indian students comprise nearly 20% of all international students studying in the United States. According to the Open Doors report in 2021, there were 167,582 students from India in the 2020-2021 academic year.
“We are happy to see so many students were 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. This shows that the United States remains for most Indian families the most sought-after country for higher education. It also highlights the important contributions Indian students make to both our countries as they build life-long connections with American peers to maintain and grow international partnerships, working collectively to address current and future global challenges,” said Charge d’Affaires Patricia Lacina.
“We are thrilled to have done our part to help Indian students pursue a top-notch education. Hopefully, there are a lot of happy students and parents out there. International student mobility is central to US diplomacy, and nowhere is the contribution of students bigger than in India. Here’s wishing this year’s group of students the best of luck in their studies!” said Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Don Heflin.
Students seeking assistance about studying in the US should download the EducationUSA India app, available for free on iOS and Android devices. The app provides latest information about college application process and is a first step to planning higher education in the United States.