In 2020, restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic lead to a sharp drop in U.S. student visas. As those restrictions were lifted, the number of student visas issued in 2021 increased dramatically, which was no surprise. But the increase in international students seems to be continuing in many places. In September 2022, the U.S. Mission in India announced it had issued a record-breaking 82,000 student visas this year.
In addition to pandemic-related changes, the increase in student visas issued may also be due to a rise in approval rates. In 2021, the approval rate for F-1 student visas hit a nine-year high of 80.2%. Many experts have speculated that the U.S. is making an effort to compete with other ‘destination’ markets like Australia.
Opportunities for studying in the U.S. may be on the rise for many immigrants, and a skilled immigration attorney can help you take advantage of these benefits. To learn more about applying for a student visa, contact Sverdloff Law Group today.