Source: SupChina (8/24/21)
U.S. granted Chinese student visas at pre-pandemic levels in June
The U.S. issued nearly 34,000 F1 visas in June for Chinese students, about the same level as 2019. It’s not yet clear if the total number of Chinese students for the fall semester will be higher or lower than before the pandemic.
By Lucas Niewenhuis
For the approximately 370,000 Chinese students attending school in the U.S., the summer of 2020 was marked by a series of towering hurdles:
- The pandemic made travelling between China and the U.S. unusually complicated and expensive, as both countries had in place emergency restrictions.
- The American president was raging about a “plague from China” and doubling down on racist rhetoric, putting ethnically Chinese people on alert for rising hate crimes.
- Trump signed Proclamation 10043 in May, kicking out over 1,000 students with even a vague connection to “military-civil fusion” in China. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attempted to put in place a policy to deport any international student without in-person classes, but this move was blocked in court.
- The increasingly hostile atmosphere, some students told SupChina, was making them reconsider their future studies in the U.S.