The United States is expecting another record year in issuing visas to Indian students this summer, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Patricia Lacina said on Tuesday.
Last year, the United States issued visas to register 62,000 Indian students. This year, the embassy opened 100,000 appointments for student visas, an official said.
Speaking on Student Visa Day at the US Embassy, Lacina said, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission India issued more student visas in 2021 than ever before. This summer, we are expecting another record student season.
“The United States places immense value on international students and their rich contributions to our academic institutions and communities. This is especially true in India. Indians are the second largest group of international students in the United States,” Lacina said.
The US Mission to India held its sixth annual Student Visa Day on Tuesday.
Consular officers from the US Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad Kolkata and Mumbai interviewed more than 2,500 Indian student visa applicants, the embassy said in a statement.
Don Heflin, Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in India, said: “We will be interviewing more student visa applicants this summer. We hope to surpass last year’s record of 62,000 visas for Indian students.
“We are interviewing many students today for the visa. We have a good start. This year the embassy opened 100,000 appointments for student visas,” Don Heflin said.
Lacina and consuls general from across India congratulated visa recipients as they prepared to join the growing ranks of Indian students who have chosen to study in the United States, the world’s top destination for international students .
“Today, we recognize the many contributions of Indian students in shaping U.S.-India relations, which celebrates 75 years of achievement,” Lacina said.
This year, more than 200,000 Indian students are studying at American academic institutions, representing more than 20 percent of international students currently in the United States, the embassy said.