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2022 US visas ‘broke information’ in India, Ghana and Nigeria

2022 US visas ‘broke information’ in India, Ghana and Nigeria


The information comes after stakeholders on the earth’s hottest examine vacation spot met with authorities officers after releasing analysis that indicated that an estimated 92,051 “probably certified” African college students had been denied US visas between 2018-2022.

Assembly with Julie Stufft, deputy assistant secretary of State for Visa Providers, the Presidents’ Alliance and Shorelight – who compiled the analysis – briefed the officers on “inconsistencies with visa issuance” within the World South, particularly in Africa.

NAFSA’s senior director for public coverage and legislative technique Rachel Banks and CEO Fanta Aw additionally joined.

Simply final week, The PIE reported that US scholar visa approvals are anticipated to hit a post-pandemic excessive in 2023. Of the 393,000+ F-1 visas issued this yr to the starting of August, 7% are for African candidates.

The state division confirmed that scholar visa issuance throughout Africa to date this fiscal yr is up 90% on the identical time interval in pre-pandemic 2019.

It additionally stated that in FY 2022, the division issued probably the most scholar visas in a yr since FY 2016.

Final yr, the US issued over 30,000 scholar visas to candidates from African nations, which it additionally stated was greater than in any of the earlier six years.

US embassies and consulates in Nigeria and Ghana issued extra scholar visas final yr than in any yr previously twenty years, the state division stated.

Equally, the US embassy and consulates in India broke the all-time document for many scholar and alternate customer visas issued in a yr, issuing greater than 125,000 visas, officers claimed.

Earlier this yr, secretary of state Antony Blinken famous that the US has taken steps to “streamline our visa course of and make it simpler for college students to use” after functions to review within the US elevated following the pandemic.

Worldwide scholar mobility is “central to diplomacy, innovation, financial prosperity and nationwide safety”, the division says, and it’s “dedicated to worldwide college students and repeatedly bettering scholar visa processing”.

Authorities officers spotlight that the US has improved administration processing, together with extending the window to apply for visas to twelve months earlier this yr.

Through the assembly, the Bureau of Consular Affairs additionally reiterated that candidates ought to have the identical alternatives to safe scholar visa no matter the place they’re on the earth.

The Presidents’ Alliance added that it’s persevering with to encourage member to elevate points and issues associated to visa processing to deal with inconsistencies. Moreover, it has requested the state division for a particular assembly to debate worldwide mobility for college students from Africa.

Jill Welch of the Presidents’ Alliance lately wrote in The PIE Information that if the US doesn’t deal with “missed alternatives” for younger Africans – that are anticipated to represent near half of the world’s youth inhabitants by 2030 – the US “will fall additional behind our competitor nations in recruiting this expertise from Africa”.



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