US Immigration: Sharp Decline in International Student Visa Applications

US Immigration: Sharp Decline in International Student Visa Applications

The Institute of International Education released some information recently that new international students recruitment at universities and colleges in the US has kept going down for the second consecutive year.

The number of undergraduates admitted into US colleges and universities this year went down by almost 7% and at the graduate level, by more than 5%.

The Director of International Student Services at West Texas A&M University, WTAMU, Kristine Combs, says the foreign students do not feel welcome that the current political situation in the country may be largely responsible for it.

She went further to reveal that it was worse in WTAMU where in the 2016/2017 school year, there was a 24% decline in the applications while the 2017/2018 school year had a 19% decline.

The Factors Responsible

According to Esteban Ponce, an Ecuadorian studying the US, another factor that could be responsible for discouraging international students from applying to schools in the US is the tedious process of obtaining a visa.

One other factor that can’t be overlooked is the fact that there are now less number of Indian students applying for the US student visa. There used to be a large influx of international students from India so much that India became the second most popular country of origin for foreign students in the US.

However, the number of students from China remains consistent for both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Most international students are of Chinese origin.

There have been a lot of visa declines and delays that have contributed to the overall fall in enrollments. Trump’s travel bans, visa restrictions and increased rigorous visa process are also undeniable reasons for the downturn in American student visa applications.

In response, US schools have become more aggressive and intensified their recruitment efforts.

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