U.S. Consulates in India Issuing Record Number of Student Visas07 Jul 2014
The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India held Student Visa Day on June 19, 2014. A press release on the event notes that a record number of individuals have applied for student visas in India thus far in fiscal year (FY) 2014. In fact, the embassy had nearly 800 applicants on Student Visa Day alone. This news comes in the wake of increased efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), encouraging foreign nationals to study in the United States, as reported in the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, DHS Study-in-the-States Portal Helpful to Students (23.Jan.2014).
Substantial Increase in Student Visa Issuance
There are nearly 100,000 Indian citizens currently enrolled in U.S. schools. The desire and ability of Indian students to study in the United States is increasing, with the embassy reporting a record number of student visa applicants, and an overall increase in student visa issuance of 40 percent over FY13. This is a win-win for both the United States, which benefits from this increased diversity and the Indian nationals, who are able to study at some of the world’s finest institutions of higher learning.
Many Resources Available for Students
The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi and Education USA, a website funded by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), offer a number of helpful online resources for students and potential students. MurthyDotCom also has a dedicated section, Student Visas and Statuses, as well as frequently asked questions (FAQ) that include many on topics relevant to foreign students. New FAQs are added each week. Applicants in India may also contact the Murthy Law Firm’s affiliate law office, Murthy Immigration Services, Pvt. Ltd., with offices in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai for assistance with student visa applications.
Great Time to Study in U.S.
Foreign students are an important part of American academia. These students often go on to pursue careers in the United States, becoming essential contributors to this country’s health and prosperity.
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