The adjusted refusal rate for B (tourist/business) visas issued to Vietnamese citizens in 2018 was 26.2%, which means the issuance rate was 73.8%. I wish we had access to the same information for F-1 (student) visas broken down by state and even institution and type of institution.
Student visa issuance rates are generally quite a bit lower, more so at the US Consulate in HCMC than the US Embassy in Hanoi. I’ve heard of issuances rates ranging from less than 50% to over 75%. I work with a number of secondary and four-year institutions that boast an issuance rate of 100% in Viet Nam.
Other foreign governments do a much better job of sharing this important information. For example, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently released information indicating that the refusal rate from 1 January to 31 May of this year for Viet Nam was 55% compared to 15% for China and 36% for India. In 2018, it was 22% for Viet Nam.
As I’ve mentioned to a number of US colleagues and journalists, the only way to obtain this information is through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. It shouldn’t be this hard. These are not state secrets after all. I recently heard from one colleague who filed a FOIA request. I look forward to seeing the results.
Shalom (שלום), MAA
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