Here's an overview of F-1 visa issuances in Vietnam for the past 24 years in graph and numerical format. The gradual and then rapid growth in the number of student visas issued to young Vietnamese is a partial reflection of the expansion of Vietnam's economy and family ability to pay. In the early days, many … Continue reading US Visa Trends in Vietnam
"Hanoi’s Formula One track nears finish line"
Photo courtesy of VNExpress International According to Chung (Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee), the event is a further demonstration of Vietnam’s ability, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country. I'm not a big fan of … Continue reading "Hanoi’s Formula One track nears finish line"
Fewer US Student Visas Issued in Viet Nam in FY18
In the 2018 fiscal year, ending on 30 September 2018, US student (F-1) visas issued to Vietnamese students declined by 971, or 5.7%, over the previous year. Below are the monthly stats starting in October 2017. October 2017: 275 November 2017: 364 December 2017: 1299 January 2018: 1165 February 2018: 207 March 2018: 207 April … Continue reading Fewer US Student Visas Issued in Viet Nam in FY18
Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility
Yet Another Obstacle in the Path of Obtaining a US Student Visa? Sadly, YES, if this proposal becomes law. From the horse's mouth: Section 212(a)(4) of the INA: Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at … Continue reading Proposed Change to Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility
Visa Issuance Rate as Institutional Selling Point (or Not)
Note: This post is devoted exclusively to the US student visa for the obvious reason that it has the most irrational and unpredictable process of the top host countries for Vietnamese and other international students. This is heartfelt advice to US colleagues, especially higher education, who have their work cut out for them these days … Continue reading Visa Issuance Rate as Institutional Selling Point (or Not)
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