US student visas to Indians dropped by 28% in 2017
The number of US student visas issued to Indians fell by 28% in 2017, revealed state department data.
Last year, the total F-1 student visas issued by America dropped by 17% to 393,573 from 417,728 in 2016, reported Hindustan Times.
From 65,257 in 2016 to 47,302 in 2017, Indians suffered the biggest drop. The next was China, with a decline of 24%.
Fewer Indian students getting US visas
Trump has tightened the noose around getting US student visas
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the new state department data on Monday, blamed the massive drop on stricter admission criteria mandated by an executive order that President Trump signed in 2017.
The changed guidelines, which also reflect in the Foreign Affairs Manual, now require consular officials to ensure that students returned to their home countries post course completion.
High tuition costs, uncertain job market, unwelcoming climate also responsible
However, Donald Trump is not the only reason. The number of foreign students attending colleges in the US had started dropping before he took office. From 644,233 in 2015 it slumped to 471,728 in 2016.
Several other factors including high tuition costs, uncertain job market in the US, gun violence and the less-than welcoming climate also weigh in.
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