HYDERABAD - FIFTH HIGHEST IN THE WORLD TO RECEIVE US STUDENT VISAS
USA Student Visa Applications by Hyderabad Students
As per Michele Bond, the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, Hyderabad is amongst top five in the world in receiving US student visas. Amongst 200 US consulates and embassies across the globe, the US consulate general in Hyderabad has issued fifth highest student visas in India. In a press meet, Bond stated that a huge number of Indian students are pursuing their higher studies in the US universities, and with 132,000 in numbers they constitute to be the second largest students community in the US. As per 2015 data, 60,000 Indian students were offered US students visa in the country, where the maximum number was offered by the US consulate general in Hyderabad and Bond declares it as the winner. Bond further added that total 138,000 H1-B visas are issued every year across the globe of which Indians are offered the maximum.
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As mentioned by Bond, "typically, on an average, Indians get 70 per cent of them (H1-B visas).This year they are already above that with 72 per cent". She also has stated that there is no change in the level of interest on visas due to hike in the visa fee. Bond also mentioned that it's not only the students but also various other Indian visitors who visit US on tourist Visaor other short-term visas. In the press conference, Bond was asked about whether there will be any special screening of Muslim candidates who wish to visit US, as it was suggested by the Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate. She replied that there will be no discrimination based on communities for issuing visas, and they give fair and careful review to every application received. She asserted that, "we are also focused on making sure that wherever in the country anybody applies, people are being judged against the same standard which is, in fact, the same standard that we apply all over the world. So there is no discrimination, no difference in how we adjudicate our visa applications".
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Further there was a discussion on why Indian students were deported from the US, even though they had valid visas with them, earlier this year. On this she mentioned that there has been some kind of communication gap between US embassies issuing visas and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She said that they are working hard on maintaining the synchronization with DHS and screening is also conducted for every student or applicant, so as to avoid any chances of refusal to their admission in the US Universities.
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