US students visa for Indians go up

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 14:10 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) The US still remains the top education destination for Indians, with US visa applications by Indian students increasing by 18 per cent over the last year.

Student visa applications increased by 18 percent, from 39,958 applications in 2010 to 46,982 in 2011, the US embassy said here Friday.

Over 100,000 Indian students are currently studying at universities across the US.

'This increase denotes the close people-to-people ties between the United States and India, and reflects the desire of highly qualified students to receive a world-class education in the United States,' the embassy said.

To meet the surging demand for student visas, the US mission has increased funding for the Education USA Advising Centers at the US-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), which provides educational seminars and advising opportunities both in person and via the internet.

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