Students must be watchful on the US travel plans after Trump’s win

The students studying in the US are prepared to search for jobs as well, but after Trump’s win, the aspirants are now thinking whether they want to go there even for studies..

Previously, students seeking a US visa were allotted an interview slot at the US Consulate in Hyderabad after 3-4 months of wait, but now it takes only a week’s time. This is because of increased number of interview counters opened to handle the increasing pressure of visa applications with maximum of applications from students.

According to the consultancy firms helping aspirants to acquire a visa, quick interview facility is also a reason for interest behind students’ choice to study in the US, besides decline in job visa applications. Last year, there was a huge growth of 25% in the number of students from India studying in the US. According to the annual ‘Open Doors’ report released earlier this month, with 165,918 students, India was the second leading nation of origin among international students in the US in the previous year and considered as maximum increase of students ever, the report was released by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“It is an obvious fact that 90 percent of those who go to the US to pursue higher studies would also hope to find employment over there. With Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential elections, many of them were not sure if it was worth going there purely for the sake of studies. Many of the 2016 batch students are waiting for clarity on how things would pan out under Donald Trump,” a founder of a visa and immigration services firm in the city said, on condition of anonymity.

Every year, the US Government grants visas for more than 100,000 Indian students, among which 25% are only from Andhra Pradesh & Telangana and are getting their visas from the US Consulate office in Hyderabad. Nearly 26,000 students were granted US visas from this office only.

“In 2014-15 the US Government began somewhat liberally issuing student visas in India and this has encouraged even those who were looking for the university admissions in countries like Australia, UK and Canada to opt for the universities in the US. This year, there has been a rise in number of students going to Australia and Canada,” Subhakar Alapati, director of the Hyderabad-based Visa consultancy firm Global Tree told Business Standard.

Even though it is required to wait up to next year for official confirmation, but during the fall season ending September, it was believed that only a few students were able to clear visa interviews. In addition, some believe that there will be short-term impact of higher denomination’s currency demonetization, on students planning to study in the US. Even the education loans are not being processed by Banks over the past few weeks because of the demonetization and its consequences, said by Prem Kumar Gonu of US Medico Consultants.

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