Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: June 2021

This post, written for US colleagues who recruit in Viet Nam, is short and sweet.

June is the second month of student visa “high season” in Viet Nam and other countries. I checked the Monthly Nonimmigrant Visa Issuances Data, courtesy of the US State Department, and here’s what I found. The US Embassy (Hanoi) and Consulate (HCMC) issued a total of 1,667 F-1 visas. That’s a 529% increase over last year (265), but since that was well into the global pandemic, let’s go back one more year.

In June 2019, the US Mission in Viet Nam approved 3,148 student visas, which means the decrease from 2019 to 2021 was 47%. Since this is a year of recovery and COVID-19 is now in its 4th wave in Viet Nam, I view that as a positive sign. It could have been worse and June 2022 promises to be much better.

Shalom (שלום), MAA

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