The United States (US) embassy and consulates in India issued nearly 1,25,000 student visas in 2022, breaking their all-time record for the number of Indian student visas approved in any fiscal year.
The US Department of State issued around 62,000 student visas in 2021.
“We recognize that some applicants may still face extended visa wait times, and we’re making every effort to further reduce visa interview appointment wait times as quickly as possible in India and around the world,” said State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
To expedite the visa process, US officials have doubled hiring US foreign and service personnel. The increase in the workforce is expected to cater to the burgeoning demand for US visas.
Additionally, India is expected to become the second biggest beneficiary of US visas in 2023.
“We expect that India will surpass China in getting the number of US visas by next year’s summer. After Mexico, India is expected to rank number 2 in the issuance of US Visas,” a Senior US Embassy official stated.
According to the Open Doors Report 2022, Indians comprised nearly 21% of all international students studying in the US in the 2021–2022 academic year. Around 2 lakh Indian students chose the US as their study destination in the preceding session.
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