Indian Student Immigration to the US Faces 3-Year Low

The number of Indian student immigrants to the United States rose only by 12.3% in the session year 2016-2017. This is the lowest range of immigration growth in the last 3 academic sessions. Trump administration’s immigration policy is considered as responsible for this change in the pattern.

According to official data released earlier this week, a total of 186,267 Indians were studying in the US universities in 2016-17. In 2015-16, the number had grown by 24.9% and in 2014-15 it had jumped by 29.4%. Indian students accounted for 17.3% of the total foreign students in the US in 2016-17. This is the Open Doors data has been released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the US Department of state’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs.



Special visas are required to immigrate to the US for educational, work, or other purposes. An F1 visa is permitted to a person going to high school, elementary school, training programme, or any other educational venture. An M1 visa is provided to a person going for vocational studying. The report has analysed a downfall in the permit of both these visa types by 17-18%. The cumulative student population number has increased due to the addition of the already existing student community. The number of fresh enrolment s has significantly lowered.

Trump Administration

“Higher education leaders have been on alert for signs that the Trump administration’s efforts to ban travellers from certain majority-Muslim countries and heightened scrutiny of foreign visitors are deterring international students,” the Washington Post said in a report.

There has been a reduction in the populations of other countries’ students as well. China has recorded an 11-year low of 6% rise. Brazilian community dropped by 32% in comparison to last year’s number and Saudi students reduced by 14%. The growth of student immigrants in the United States has subsequently subdued in many Asian countries along with US’ neighbour Canada.



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