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 … Continue reading Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: June 2021

Taking the Pulse of F-1 Issuances in Viet Nam: A Year of Recovery & Challenges

As the end of April approaches, I thought I'd check on the number of US student visas issued since the beginning of the 2021 fiscal year and compare it with last year in the (mostly) pre-COVID era. Yes, I know this is the low season for F-1 issuances, the high season lasting from May through … Continue reading Taking the Pulse of F-1 Issuances in Viet Nam: A Year of Recovery & Challenges

Kamala Harris, US VP-Elect & Daughter of International Students

US vice president-elect and senator from California, Kamala Harris, speaking in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 27, 2020. Source: Eric Baradat/AFP I've seen several articles about the status of the new vice president-elect as the daughter of international students. It's heart-warming. The irony is that both of her parents - Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Harris are … Continue reading Kamala Harris, US VP-Elect & Daughter of International Students

May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam

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, … Continue reading May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam

B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

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 … Continue reading B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018

As US international student recruiters know all too well, these are tough times for most institutions for a variety of social, political, and economic reasons.  Viet Nam, however, remains a bright spot on the recruitment horizon.  As of March 2019, there were 30,684 young Vietnamese studying in the US at all levels, most in higher … Continue reading US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018

US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: So Far, So Good in FY19

I know it's only four months into the 2019 US government fiscal year (FY19) but I look for trends wherever I can find them, even if they're just beginning to take shape.  Based on US State Department statistics, the number of student visas issued from October 2018 to January 2019 by US Mission-Viet Nam, which … Continue reading US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam: So Far, So Good in FY19

Viet Nam Once Again Ranks 5th in US International Student Enrollment

According to the August 2018 SEVIS by the Numbers update, Viet Nam once again ranks 5th among places of origin with 29,788 active students at all levels and in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, inching past Canada, which had displaced it in June 2018.  (One always has to take summer statistics with a grain … Continue reading Viet Nam Once Again Ranks 5th in US International Student Enrollment