In fiscal year (FY) 2014, US Mission Vietnam, i.e., the Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, issued a record 14,822 student (F-1) visas to Vietnamese students, according to the US State Department’s annual report (204 KB PDF download). This is the largest ever one-year numerical increase for Vietnam while the percentage increase is the third highest ever (36.4%) after FY07-08 (49.8%) and FY05-06 (117.6%).
Based on current enrollment trends, as reported in the February 2015 SEVIS by the Numbers update in which Vietnam ranks 7th among all places of origin with 25,982 students at all levels, surpassing Taiwan (23,503) and on the verge of displacing Japan (26,187), student visa issuances are on track to set yet another record in FY15.
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I have read that the US and Vietnam are establishing new parameters with trade and other political ties. I hope this includes education, where American students can go to Vietnam, as Vietnamese students have been increasingly coming to American universities.
Yes, this has been happening for quite some time now. With about 26,000 Vietnamese studying in the US, most in higher education, and 600-700 US Americans in Vietnam in any given year, most on short-term study abroad programs, the flow of students is very much like the Vietnam-US balance of trade. 🙂