Every One In Five Student Visa In 2022 Issued In India: Eric Garcetti
Photo : Ambassador Eric Garcetti gave a shout-out to his consular team for their “exceptional efforts in issuing the highest number of student visas globally in 2022.”
NEW DELHI (ANI) – The 7th Annual Student Visa Day was held by the US Mission in India, with consular officers conducting interviews for Indian Student Visa applications. Speaking at the embassy, US Ambassador Eric Garcetti noted that more Indians come to the US as students than from any other country.
Garcetti stated, “Last year, India became number 1, and I don’t see that changing ahead in the future. I see that relationship at the very top of how we articulate our values of welcoming not just Americans to higher education but opening that door to people worldwide.” He highlighted that one out of every five US student visas was issued in India in 2022, surpassing the proportion of the Indian population in the world.
Indian students make up over 21% of the international student population in the US, with nearly 200,000 Indian students studying during the 2021-2022 academic year. Garcetti congratulated the students as they prepared to join the growing community of Indian students pursuing education in the US. Additionally, approximately 35% of Indian students on F1 status are engaged in Optional Practical Training.
In 2022, Indians received the highest number of H&L employment visas (65%) and F1 student visas (17.5%) worldwide. Furthermore, over 1.2 million Indians visited the US in 2022, making them one of the largest groups of international visitors.
The US Mission to India is expected to process over one million visa applications in 2023, and between June and August 2023, they will conduct interviews with the highest number of students ever. In the previous year, Mission India issued a record-breaking number of more than 125,000 student visas.