Washington, April 7
According to an official report, the number of Indian students in the United States increased by more than 12 percent in 2021, and the number of students from China, which accounts for the largest number, decreased by more than 8 percent.
In its annual report released Wednesday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the Covid pandemic continued to affect the enrollment of international students in the U.S. in 2021. The total number of SEVIS entries for active F-1 and M-1 students was 1,236,748 in the 2021 calendar year, down 1.2 percent from the 2020 calendar year.
SEVIS stands for Student and Visitor Exchange Information System. F-1 and M-1 are two non-immigrant student visas. The J-1 is also a non-immigrant student visa, but is mostly given to scholarship exchange programs.
In 2021, 8,038 SEVP-certified schools were eligible to accept international students, down from 280 schools out of 8,369 eligible to enroll in 2020.
The number of students from China and India has made Asia the most popular continent of origin. –