Countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and the UK are once again popular among Indian students who are planning to study abroad for the Fall 2022 semester following a slow down caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and closed borders.
Improved post-study immigration policies and border reopening has brought Australia back into contention with Canada and the UK and the US managed to remain the top destination for STEM students.
Interest is extremely high among students this year because of the pent-up demand and increased awareness about studying abroad which has resulted in processing delays on the university’s end and visas are also expected to be delayed.
The US will now be prioritizing students who have not previously been denied visas. Canada has also seen an increase in the number of applicants and it is seen that all the countries are concerned about the quality and are looking for students who are mostly interested in education.
An additional 24 months of visa for the continuation of its optional practical training in the US in addition to the standard 12 months for STEM courses has resulted in a large number of students applying for the Fall 2022 semester.
Other countries such as the UK and Australia have extended their post-study visas resulting in an increase in applications from Indian students. Australia is experimenting with work visas to make them more appealing to the students and the student education loans have increased by 300% due to the increased abroad education applications from India.
Those who were denied a visa in the Summer-Spring 2022 by the US government will not be able to schedule another visa appointment in 2022 as the government has made some software adjustments to ensure the same. The interview waiver policy will also benefit many Indian students.
The new post-study work visa in the UK will allow students to reside and work in the UK for two years after earning a master’s degree and for three years after earning a PhD which the government can extend from 2-4 years.
The simple path to permanent residency through student applications has resulted in increased visa rejection. The visa rejection rate was less than 50% previously and has now increased to 75% because the number of people applying for permanent residency has increased since the pandemic. Thus, several university applications lack intent or are not supported by appropriate documentation resulting in a greater likelihood of rejection. Many students have started accepting dollar-based loans as the rupee depreciates against the dollar while it has become slightly expensive.