Saturday, July 24, 2021
Chronicle of Higher Education, New Student-Visa Data Paint an Optimistic Picture for Fall Enrollments:
As U.S. consulates around the world reopen, student-visa issuance is returning to pre-pandemic levels, bringing relief to American colleges that had feared yet another semester with many international students stranded overseas.
American consulates approved almost 117,000 F-1 student visas in May and June, or 93 percent of the number of student visas issued in the same two months in 2019, according to a Chronicle analysis of U.S. Department of State data. More than 143,000 F-1 visas were authorized from January to June of this year, 83 percent of the number issued during the same period two years ago.
In the 2020-21 academic year, the number of new enrollments of international students fell by 43 percent