Good news for the students aspiring to go to the U.S.A.
The news of a 50% rise in US visas issued to Indian students in 2012 comes as a very welcome one for all the students aspiring for education in the U.S.A. because in the previous two years, there was a dip in the number of visas granted to the students. It is expected that this recent trend would continue in the future as well and there would be an upswing in the number of F-1 visas granted to the Indian students. The visa section also issued 500,000 visas for tourist and business travel last year, up by 12%, which is the highest in the last 5 years.
Speaking on the rise in student visas US embassy consul general Josh Glazeroff said, “We are seeing really big growth in student visa issuance so far….For us it is a huge jump….really positive. We think this is in response to all the outreach we have been doing.”
According to the US consulate services, 5600 student visas have been issued in India between October 2012-February 2013 marking a 50% increase since last year. India had been the leading place of origin for international students in the US from 2001-02 through 2008-09 before being overtaken by China. Students from India make up approximately 13.1% of the total foreign student population in the United States.
The American Dream is all reincarnated for those who have deep aspirations for an American education. However, the pre-requisites remain an absolute clarity about one’s educational goals and a good academic track record.