Modest Upward Trend Continues
I have some good news for those of you who are involved in the recruitment of US-bound Vietnamese students. Since this is International Education Week (IEW) in the US, this is a fitting time to upload this post!
Interest in study in the USA among Vietnamese parents and students remains high, as evidenced by the number of student visas issue from May through September of this year, the peak season. This information is lieu of the SEVIS by the Numbers update, which should be out any day now, according to SEVP colleagues, whom I’ve emailed on several occasions.
As of March 2019, there were 30,684 young Vietnamese studying in the US at all levels, most in higher education. Viet Nam ranked 5th among sending countries.
Consider this an addendum to an August 2019 update that covered the months of May, June, and July.
May 2018: 1110
May 2019: 1223 (+10.18%)
June 2018: 3147
June 2019: 3148 (+.03%)
July 2018: 4942
July 2019: 5250 (+6.23%)
August 2018: 2754
August 2019: 2760 (+.22%)
September 2018: 405
September 2019: 435 (+7.41%)
May-September 2018: 12,358
May-September 2019: 12,816 (+3.71%)
The YOY increase over 2018 was 3.71%. While modest, it does indicate forward momentum, which definitely qualifies as “good news” in challenging times.
Source: Monthly Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance Statistics (PDF download), US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Shalom (שלום), MAA