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

Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report- Department of Homeland Security

A colleague recently sent me this report with the above title.  (Thank you, K!)  Yeah, I know; it's not most people's idea of a good time but it is interesting to wonks like me who follow these trends in the field (and industry) of international education.  Information is power, right?  OK, if not power, then … Continue reading Fiscal Year 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report- Department of Homeland Security

June 2016 Vietnam Strategic Recruitment Retreat

I'm pleased to announce that I will lead a Strategic Recruitment Retreat (SRR) in Phan Thiết, Vietnam from 17-19 June for colleagues whose institutions have targeted Vietnam as a high recruitment priority.  The purpose of the retreat is to give them the tools they need in terms of knowledge, insights and strategy in order to … Continue reading June 2016 Vietnam Strategic Recruitment Retreat

USA is Once Again the World’s Leading Host of Vietnamese Students; Ranks 6th Overall

Ranks 6th Among All Sending Countries As I predicted earlier this year, Vietnam has surpassed Japan in total enrollment in the US, most of it in higher education.  It recorded an astounding 18.9% increase from July 2015, the third highest after India (20.7%) and China (19.4%), according to the latest SEVIS by the Numbers quarterly … Continue reading USA is Once Again the World’s Leading Host of Vietnamese Students; Ranks 6th Overall

Open Doors 2015: More Double-Digit Increases for Vietnam!

Yes, dear readers, it's that time of year again - time for Open Doors 2015!  For the uninitiated - the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is an annual international academic mobility report published by the Institute of International Education with a grant from the US State Department. Below is a list of top … Continue reading Open Doors 2015: More Double-Digit Increases for Vietnam!

“Ten sure ways countries can turn away international students”

Here's another one: #11 - High Visa Denial Rate + No Accountability = Many students choose a 2nd choice country, which represents a loss, including that of a financial nature, to the admitting institution and original host country. The pursuit of global mobility in a world divided up into nations invokes a fundamental dilemma. Free … Continue reading “Ten sure ways countries can turn away international students”

Record # of Visas Issued to US-Bound VN Students in FY14

In fiscal year (FY) 2014, US Mission Vietnam, i.e., the Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, issued a record 14,822 student (F-1) visas to Vietnamese students, according to the US State Department's annual report (204 KB PDF download). This is the largest ever one-year numerical increase for Vietnam while … Continue reading Record # of Visas Issued to US-Bound VN Students in FY14

US International Student “Market Share” Steadily Eroding

According to the 2014 Open Doors report, released by the Institute of International Education, there are 886,052 international students in the US, which makes it the world's leading host.  (There are now a total of 1.13 million F & M students studying in the US, according to the 2/15 SEVIS quarterly update.  That includes all … Continue reading US International Student “Market Share” Steadily Eroding

Of US-Based Visa Mills, Diploma Mills & Other Rogue Providers

Government watchdogs say the recent visa fraud cases have exposed gaps in ICE's oversight of schools that admit foreign students - a problem the agency says is being corrected. And experts say the scams hurt the reputation of the U.S. higher education system, which currently enrolls about 900,000 foreign students. "Fake Colleges Attract Attention From … Continue reading Of US-Based Visa Mills, Diploma Mills & Other Rogue Providers