Indian students have been heading to the US in large numbers than to any other country in the world.
Indian students have been issued a record number of 82,000 visas in 2022. This has proved the fact that the United States is the most sought-after study abroad destination in the world. This report has been released after the long wait for short-term business and tourist visas to the United States. The earliest appointments were available only in Mid-2024.
According to the US Mission to India, more Indian students are heading to the United States than to any other country in the world. The American Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai have been prioritising student visa applications for the past four months.
This has been done to ensure that the students reach their destination in time for their program of study. Indian students have made important contributions to make both countries as they build lifelong connections to maintain and grow international partnerships.
The United States issued 62,000 student visas last year after the reopening of the boundaries. However, embassies and consulates did not issue student visas for most of 2020 due to the pandemic outbreak. China had the highest number of students in the US over the last few years followed by India.
The number of Indian students in the United States increased by over 12% in 2021. However, the number of Chinese students dropped by over 8%. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services stated that the pandemic continued to impact student enrollment in 2021 in the United States.