Flow of students to US slows down, shows data

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The flow of Indian students to the US showed one of the lowest growth, 12.3%, in many years during 2016-17.

There are 186,267 Indians studying in the US universities in 2016-17, which account for 17.3% of the total foreign students in the country, shows data.

The growth was low compared to 24.9% in the previous year and 29.4% in 2014-15.

Indian students contributed $6.54 billion to the US economy, says 2017 Open Doors data released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the US department of state’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs.

Students who go to the country on F1 visa, which is a non-immigrant visa to attend a university or college, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or language training programme in the US, showed a 16.43% decline to 62,537 in the year.

M1 visas for technical and vocational courses declined by 17.41% to 503.

But H1-B visa that allows US employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations like information technology grew by 5.62% in 2016-17 to 126,692.

The total flow of foreign students to the country has also seen a drop of 10,000 or 3% to about 291,000.

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