Over 55K Indian students, exchange visitors travelling to the US this year
In an all-time record, more than 55,000 Indian students and exchange visitors are travelling to study in the United States this year. This is an all-time record, said US Embassy in Delhi on Monday, wishing a successful academic year to the students. The Embassy said more visa applications were approved in the current year than ever before notwithstanding the Coronavirus pandemic. “The US mission in India is pleased to announce that its embassy and consulates approved more student visa applicants in 2021 than ever before, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic,” the embassy said.
“Through these efforts, more than 55,000 students and exchange visitors are boarding planes to study in the US, and more students are being approved every day,” said US Embassy said in a statement. In a tweet, the embassy described it as an all-time record. “Huge congratulations to our hardworking consular teams across the U.S. Mission in India. This year, more than 55K students are boarding planes to study in the United States, an all-time record in India. Wishing all students a successful academic year!” it said.
Huge congratulations to our hardworking consular teams across the U.S. Mission in India. This year, more than 55K students are boarding planes to study in the United States, an all-time record in India. Wishing all students a successful academic year! https://t.co/t3ieDOoGvF pic.twitter.com/cGK4WsmcYn
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) August 23, 2021
Ambassador Atul Keshap, the chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in India, lauded the staff involved in issuing visas and said Indian students enrich US society, achieve high levels of academic success, and deepen education the bonds of friendship between the two countries. “Studying in the US is a unique and often life-changing experience for Indian students, granting fresh, global perspectives and frequently leading to invaluable career opportunities,” he said.
“Indian students also enrich US society, achieve high levels of academic success, and deepen the bonds of friendship between our countries. The many hard-working women and men of the US Mission to India are proud to facilitate their travel and study,” Keshap added. The embassy said the US missions typically begin interviewing fall semester students for a given year in May, but the second wave of COVID-19 forced a delay in the commencement of the student visa season by two months. “In July, as soon as conditions allowed for the resumption of visa services without endangering applicants’ health and safety, consular teams worked not only to match but surpass, their pre-Covid workload,” it said.
It said the US Embassy and consulates opened additional hours for visa appointments and made every possible effort to ensure timely arrival for academic programmes for as many students as possible. “Ultimately, these efforts paid off, as more students than ever before received visas to study in the US,” the embassy said. The embassy said interested students can also participate in upcoming Education USA University Virtual Fairs to be held on August 27, for prospective graduate students, and on September 3, for prospective undergraduate students.
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