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In comparison to other Indian cities, Hyderabad sends more students to the US

When compared to other Indian cities, Hyderabad once again sent the highest number of students to the US. This figure exceeds that of Mumbai and New Delhi combined.

2.61 lakh international students enrolled in US universities in 2021/22. According to an Open Doors report, approximately 75000 of them are Indians. Thirty percent of the Indians are from Hyderabad.

According to the report, the presence of Indian students in American universities has increased by 19% in 2022 compared to the previous year, and nearly 21% of over one million foreign students are Indian students.

In 2021-22, there were 1,99,182 students from India pursuing higher education in the US, as compared to 1,67,582 in 2020-21.

China, on the other hand, lagged behind India as strict quarantine regulations and Covid-related travel restrictions made it difficult for Chinese students to obtain visas. The increase in Indian students moving to the US is expected to surpass China in 2022-23.

The 19% increase in Indian students studying in America was largely driven by graduate students. The vast majority chose Math and Computer Science, Engineering and Business, and Management.

Overall, the number of international students studying in the US increased from 9.14 lakh in 2020-21 to 9.48 lakh in 2021-22.

Waiting times at Hyderabad Consulate risen to nearly one year

US student visa applicants are in a state of uncertainty because the appointment wait time at the Hyderabad Consulate General has risen to nearly a year.

Though appointment wait times for other types of US visas are decreasing significantly, student visa wait times have increased from 37 days in November 2022 to 331 days now.

Even for the visa type ‘Interview Waiver Students/Exchange Visitors,’ the wait time has increased from one to 64 days.

There are three intakes in US universities: Fall (September intake), Winter (January intake), and Spring (May intake).

As students who were admitted to US universities for the Winter and Spring intakes seek appointments for student visas at the Hyderabad Consulate, the wait times have gone up.

Wait times have increased at other US consulates as well. It is 104 days in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.

 

 

 

 

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