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While the US and Indian governments reach out to each other to strengthen diplomatic ties and work towards common goals like a peaceful Indo-Pacific region, there are other encouraging developments that may well be drawing the two nations closer.
For instance, the US Mission in India has issued a record-breaking 82,000 student visas in 2022 to date. Indian students have received more US student visas than any other country.
The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and four Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai prioritized the processing of student visa applications from May to August to ensure that as many qualified students as possible made it to their programs of study in time for scheduled start dates.
Charge d’Affaires Patricia Lacina, hailing the achievement of the US Mission in India, said, “We are happy to see so many students were able to receive visas and reach their universities after the delays caused in previous years by the COVID-19 pandemic. We issued over 82,000 student visas this summer alone, more than in any previous year. This shows that the United States remains for most Indian families the most sought-after country for higher education. It also highlights the important contributions Indian students make to both our countries as they build life-long connections with American peers to maintain and grow international partnerships, working collectively to address current and future global challenges.”
Indian students comprise nearly 20 percent of all international students studying in the US, with the Open Doors report in 2021 showing there were 167,582 students from India in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Don Heflin said, “We are thrilled to have done our part to help Indian students pursue a top-notch education. Hopefully, there are a lot of happy students and parents out there. International student mobility is central to US diplomacy, and nowhere is the contribution of students bigger than in India. Here’s wishing this year’s group of students the best of luck in their studies!”
The US has remained open and welcoming to international students throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the US government and US higher-education institutions implemented measures to safely welcome international students in person, online, and via hybrid learning methods, guaranteeing that opportunities and resources for international students remained robust.