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More than 20% increase in student visas.
WASHINGTON, DC: The number of Indian students visiting the United States is on the rise per visa application processing figures from the American embassy in India.
“Last year, the number of visa applications increased by almost 20 per cent, but the number of visas applications by students increased by more than 20 per cent,” U.S. Consul General in Mumbai Thomas J. Vajda told reporters in Mumbai.
He also indicated India sends the second-most students to the United States, trailing on China.
“For India, we issued almost 900,000 visas and in Mumbai alone it was 300,000 last year. So visa allocation last year was 20 per cent more than the previous year. We have spent hundred million dollars in India to create new facilities for visa services,” Vajda stated.
The U.S. embassy in India got 1,500 to 2,000 visa applications a day, he continued, reported the Press Trust of India. “Most of them are issued a ten-year visa. 65 percent of those getting H-1B [visas] are Indians.”
In 2011, the U.S. embassy in New Delhi rose to 103,260 from 94,563 the year before. Each year since then, the amount of Indian students percolating to the U.S. has increased substantially.
Strict U.K. visa rules may be one factor encouraging young minds to emigrate to the U.S.
“Indian students … believe that it’s exceptionally difficult to get a scholarship and have to pay three times the fee paid by a U.K. citizen. The majority of them prefer the U.S.,” said Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister, at an event in London earlier this month.
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