In this video attorney Jacob Sapochnick shares some good news for international students seeking to change their status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status while in the United States.
Separately, we are happy to report that international student enrollment has returned to pre-covid numbers according to statistical information provided in the last year.
For the first time in many years, international student enrollment has made a comeback since the pandemic began. Visa numbers have continued to increase from 2021 all the way through 2023.
By way of illustration, in the year 2022 alone, there were over 1.3 million active students in F-1, M, and J status in the United States. This represents an increase of over 10% from the previous year.
International students were one of the biggest groups of applicants that were adversely impacted during the pandemic. This was due to the suspension of in-person instruction at colleges and universities nationwide, and the temporary suspension of visa services at Consulate and Embassies worldwide.
We have seen a dramatic change in the past year with record increases in student visa applications and student visa approvals for international study.
Statistics of the International Student Rebound
Here are some of the statistics of the international student rebound this past year:
- California attracted the most international students in the year 2022
- In the year 2022, international students came to the United States from over 227 countries
- 70% of these students came from Asia (China and India)
- India issued the most student visas in the year 2022