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A record 82,000 US study visas issued to Indian students

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A record 82,000 Indian students get visas for higher education in the USA this year which is the maximum number of visas given to Indian students by any country.

“Today I could not be more excited to celebrate that there are more Indian students going to study in the United States than in any other country in the world. This year the US mission in India has issued the highest number of student visas to date with 82,000 students heading to the United States to begin their academic journey,” said Patricia A Lacina, Chargé d’affaires, US Embassy India.

“This shows that the United States is the most sought-after country for higher studies. We celebrate the important contribution Indian students make to both our countries as they build lifelong connections with American peers to maintain and grow international partnerships,” she added.

She further added, “On behalf of the US mission to India, I wish you all success in your higher education journey.”

Types of US visas for Indian students

The international students keen to study in the USA are issued three types of Visas- F1 Visa, J1 Visa or M1 Visa.

F1 visas are by far the most common form of international student visa in the U.S. The F1 and J1 provide international students the opportunity to be employed whereas the M1 Visa, does not allow for the possibility of employment. Part-time, on-campus employment (fewer than 20 hours per week) employment is allowed under F1 Visa status.

The J1 visa is allowed in the cases where students who are unable to obtain practical training that is not available in their home country to complete their academic program.

M1 visas are allowed in the cases of those students who wish to attend non-academic or vocational school. The visa holders in this category are not permitted to work during the course of their studies. M1 visa students must give evidence of sufficient funds available to pay all tuition and living costs for the entire period of their intended stay.

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