Great news for students aiming to pursue their Masters in the United States!
Several F1 visa slots are now opening up at various consulates in India, bringing hope to those who have faced visa rejections in the past. Many students are thrilled at the prospect of finally getting their hands on the much-coveted visa.
Rakesh P, one such hopeful student, shares his story, “My visa got rejected a couple of times, and in my desperation, I even tried in Vietnam, but no luck. I deferred my admission twice last year. But now, I’ve been approved to study in the US after my third attempt and will be heading to New York on August 14.”
Another candidate, Vijay M, faced numerous visa interviews since June last year and deferred his admission five times. Fortunately, he finally received his visa approval and is set to travel next week.
The increase in F1 student visas reflects a positive trend. During the 2022 fiscal year (October 2021 to September 2022), the US Department of State issued over 411,000 student visas, marking a remarkable 15% increase from 2021. This surge not only represents the largest non-pandemic year-over-year growth since 2010 but also records the highest total in six years, according to State Department data.
Canada and the UK have also experienced significant growth in student visas, with Canada issuing over 420,000 visas in 2022 (a 27% increase from 2021) and the UK seeing a 34% annual growth in student visas for the year ending March 2023.
While many students are rejoicing at the visa opportunities, it is essential to understand common reasons for F1 visa denials. These reasons include:
- Inability to prove non-immigrant intent.
- Lack of proof of financial capability to cover course expenses.
- Doubts regarding the credibility of the university or academic goals.
- Providing weak or inadequate responses during the visa interview.
- Misrepresentation of facts or providing false information during the process.
- The F1 visa, valid for five years, is granted to students pursuing a Master’s degree in the US. With the new openings, many aspiring scholars can now turn their American dreams into reality