Quantity Indian students in the United States increased by more than 12 percent in 2021, while China, which accounts for the largest number, fell by more than eight percent, a government report said Wednesday.
In its annual report, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect the enrollment of international students in the United States in 2021.
The total number of SEVIS entries for active F-1 and M-1 students was 1,236,748 in the calendar year 2021, which is 1.2 percent less than the calendar year 2020.
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. However, in 2021 China sent fewer students compared to 2020 (-33,569), while India sent more students (+25,391), the report said.
As much as 37 percent Indian students are females.
In total, China continues to top the list of countries sending 348,992 students to the United States. China is followed by India with 232,851 students. China and India are followed by South Korea (58,787), Canada (37,453), Brazil (33,552), Vietnam (29,597), Saudi Arabia (28,600), Taiwan (25,406), and Japan (20,144). and Mexico (19,680).
According to the report, last year alone in Asia and Australia / Pacific Island there was an overall decrease in the number of students coming to the United States, and on all other continents there was an increase.
International F-1 and M-1 students came from all continents of the world except Antarctica, and from more than 224 countries and territories.
Students from China and India have made Asia the most popular continent of origin, accounting for 71.9 percent of the international student population. China has sent fewer international students and India more.
In 2021, California accepted 208,257 international students, which is the largest percentage of international students (16.8 percent) of all U.S. states. In 2021, the U.S. had 240,479 active exchange visitors compared to 256,944 active visitors in 2020, the report said.
Most F-1 and M-1 students come to the United States to attend higher education education systems. In 2021, approximately 92 percent of all F-1 and M-1 students were enrolled in a certified SEVP program, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral.
In particular, international students in the United States received 1,142,352 degrees, which is an increase over the 2020 calendar year (1,121,981).
It is important to note that one student can participate in more than one level education in a given calendar year, so they can be considered at several educational levels.
USCIS stated that 47 percent (581,843) of all SEVIS active records came from China (348,992) or India (232,851) in the 2021 calendar year, the same percentage as in the 2020 calendar year.
While the total number of active F-1 and M-1 students coming from Asia decreased by 34,781 from the calendar year 2020 to the 2021 calendar year, student record trends varied across countries, the report said.
The number of foreign student records from China and India has made Asia the most popular continent of origin. However, China sent fewer students in 2021 compared to 2020 (-33,569), while India sent more students (+25,391), the report said.
However, 71.9 percent of all international students in the United States call Asia home. Other Asian countries sent fewer students, including South Korea (-9,430), Saudi Arabia (-9,439) and Japan (-6,155), the report said.
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