The F-1 as the (Immigration) Path of Least Resistance

I've heard on the grapevine from reliable sources that increasing numbers of Vietnamese students from certain areas in Vietnam are not showing up for classes at certain US higher education institutions.  They apply (or someone applies for them), receive their I-20s, have a visa interview and A) are denied; or B) receive a visa, travel … Continue reading The F-1 as the (Immigration) Path of Least Resistance

Make it in Germany

A Multilingual “Welcome to Germany” Portal for International Qualified Professionals Germany is tied with Japan as the "oldest" country in the world with a median age of 46.1.  In a phrase "the Germans are dying out" (die Deutschen sterben aus).  It's estimated that the population will shrink to 66 million by 2060 from a current … Continue reading Make it in Germany

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

Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

Below are some excerpts from this World Education Services (WES) follow-up study to a 2012 research report that identifies key emerging markets for international student recruitment through 2018 and seeks to inform higher education institutions’ strategic planning by giving them a deeper understanding of future international student recruitment markets. This report addresses two main questions: … Continue reading Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

The USA & Australia Trade Places – Again!

As of February 2015, the United States is once again the world's leading host of Vietnamese students.  Using the SEVIS by the Numbers quarterly update, which includes both secondary and postsecondary data, there are about 26,000 Vietnamese studying in the US, rounded up by 18 students.  Since the Australian figures below encompass all sectors of … Continue reading The USA & Australia Trade Places – Again!

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

2014 Update on B Visa Adjusted Refusal Rate in Vietnam (Psst! It’s Now Under 15%!)

What is an adjusted refusal rate (ARR)?  So that your head doesn't end up spinning, here's the short version. An applicant is counted only once and is assigned the status in which s/he ended the year, issued or refused, regardless if previous applications were refused.  Simple, right? The formula is as follows:  ARR equals: [refusals … Continue reading 2014 Update on B Visa Adjusted Refusal Rate in Vietnam (Psst! It’s Now Under 15%!)