The U.S. Mission, India held its 8th annual Student Visa Day, where the Consular Team India conducted interviews with 3,900 student visa applicants. This event highlights Mission India’s commitment to strengthening educational ties between the U.S. and India, with an extended student visa season expected to boost applications through 2024.

Ambassador Eric Garcetti praised Indian students, emphasizing their achievements and potential. He stated, “Every international student on a U.S. campus represents tremendous accomplishment and potential. The knowledge, skills, and relationships you will build are worth the investment. Each student is an ambassador for India. Together, we are taking the U.S.-India relationship forward.”

Acting Consul General Michael Scheruder, filling in for U.S. Consul General in Mumbai Mike Hankey, underscored the consulate’s dedication to gender equality and safety in academics, particularly advancing Indian women’s economic empowerment.

Greg Pardo, spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, advised students to immerse themselves in the community, meet new friends, and use available resources for safety and support. He highlighted the importance of a work-life balance and extracurricular involvement.

The number of Indian students choosing to study in the U.S. has significantly increased over the past three years. In 2023, the U.S. Mission to India issued more student visas than in 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined, reflecting a commitment to facilitating student travel.

Source: The Free Press Journal