Indian students rose 12% in US in 2021 despite COVID

The number of Indian students in the US rose by more than 12% in 2021 despite the pandemic, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in its annual report.

While the number of international students from China remained the largest, it fell by more than 8% in 2021, the government agency reports.

“The number of students from China and India 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.

Interestingly, 47% of active SEVIS (Students and Exchange Visitor Information System) records in 2021 were from China and India, the same as in 2020.

However, the overall SEVIS records for active F-1 and M-1 student visas (non-immigrant student visas) fell by 1.2% in 2021 compared to 2020.

The report stated that only Asia and Australia/Pacific Islands witnessed a decline in the number of international students coming to the US. Other continents registered an increase in international students in the US in 2021.

There was also a decrease in international students from other Asian countries such as Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan.

According to the report, Asia contributed 71.9% of all international students in the US by 2021.

Top 10 countries with the most number of international students in the US in 2021 were:

1. China: 348,992 students

2. India: 232,851 students

3. South Korea: 58,787 students

4. Canada: 37,453 students

5. Brazil: 33,552 students

6. Vietnam: 29,597 students

7. Saudi Arabia: 28,600 students

8. Taiwan: 25,406 students

9. Japan: 20,144 students

10. Mexico: 19,680 students

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