Number of international students in the United States falls after decades of increase

New data shows that fewer international students are coming to the US from around the world than at any time since 1973 Number of international students in the United States falls after decades of…

Number of international students in the United States falls after decades of increase

New data shows that fewer international students are coming to the US from around the world than at any time since 1973

Number of international students in the United States falls after decades of increase

The number of international students studying in the United States has dipped for the first time in decades, and experts say it may be related to visa application delays following President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The number of international students coming to the US from around the world increased from 6.8m in fall 2016 to 6.9m in fall 2017, according to official data released on Wednesday.

The number of international students coming to the US from all countries increased 6.7% from the previous year to 6.1m, the data show.

But the numbers of international students coming to the US from outside the European Union dropped by 8.7% year-on-year to 762,414.

It is the first drop in international student enrollment since 1973, when the US embassy in Mexico declined to accept students from that country, according to the US State Department. The overall increase is due mainly to growth in the number of international students coming from other countries around the world, according to the State Department.

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The agency pointed to factors including decreased interest from Chinese students due to the “headwinds” of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Chinese students accounted for 18% of international students coming to the US in fall 2016, but accounted for 18.5% in fall 2017, the data show.

There were about 9.3m international students in the US in 2015, the latest year for which data is available.

Omar Farah, director of the International Student and Scholar Services Office at the University of California, San Diego, said he doesn’t know if the delay in processing visa applications was the cause of the drop, but he noted that Trump’s travel ban and proposed limit on H1-B visas has created uncertainty among many international students.

“We’re getting a lot of inquiries about it,” he said, adding that he hoped the US can play a role in resolving issues regarding international student visas.

Maureen Acosta, program manager for StudyUSA, a nonprofit that advocates for international students, said a bigger issue is that students have no guarantee that the university will pick them up if they are in a crash.

She cited an example from a study on last year’s Trump policies in which a Venezuelan student was asked for his last name before a call-center employee could tell the student how to get him out of the country.

“There is a kind of panic or a panic-type environment on campus where international students are saying, ‘I will find someone to take me out of the country, but how do I get that person who was supposed to take me out of the country to my international residence?’” Acosta said.

She added that an international student may have difficulty posting bail to get out of jail.

Some of the students come from poorer countries that would also struggle with the fee payments required to get a student visa, Acosta said.

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