New Delhi US Embassy officials have said that 21,000 extra US Student Visas were issued to Indians in 2017 which was an increase of 12% over 2016. They have rejected the reports that there has been a decline in US Student Visas offered to overseas nationals owing to tough immigration policies.
The US Embassy officials have also assured that there are no policy changes that have been made to the process of admissions of overseas students to the US.
Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer Karl Adams and Minister of Consular Affairs Joseph Pomper rejected the claims of a decline in overseas students to the US. They also disapproved that there have been any policy alterations for overseas students’ admissions to the US. On the other hand, 21,000 extra US Student Visas issued to Indians in 2017. Headlines do not transform into statistics said the officials.
Karl Adam said that he rejects the claims that there is any decline. The figures for 2017 reveal that 21,000 extra visas to Indian students were offered in 2017 which is 12% increase, added Adam. These numbers will increase further in the years to come, said the Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer.
The basic premise remains the same. It is that the US higher education continues to be of great value, said Joseph Pomper. There is no relationship between the H-1B Visa and the F-1 Visa explained the Minister of Consular Affairs, as quoted by the NDTV.
Joseph said that students must arrive at the US through an F-1 visa for amazing education. Some of the F-1 visa holders also are eligible for Work Visas that includes the H-1B. But one does not always lead to the other, he added.
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