INDIA: Student visas to the US drop by 25%

The number of visas issued by the US to students from India has dropped by 25% in the past year, writes Ishani Dutta Gupta for The Times of India. Experts felt the decline in numbers of Indian students choosing to study in the US was because of a fall in financial aid offered by institutions rather than visa structures.

The number of visas issued declined to 25,860, from 34,510 the year before.

The influential Open Doors report published annually by the Institute of International Education with support from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which is scheduled to be published next month, will provide a detailed break-down of the numbers of international students at colleges and universities in the US.

"Till 2007-08, India remained the leading sending country of origin of international students to the US. This was for the seventh consecutive year, with an increase by 13% to 94,563. However this year, in view of the slowdown, there could be a different trend," said Ajit Motwani, India director of the Institute of International Education.
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