Report marked stark decline in international enrolments to the US in 2020
According to the annual report released by the Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) under the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Indian and Chinese students accounted for 47% of all active foreign students in the US in 2020, which further indicated a significant drop in fresh enrolments from abroad due to the pandemic.
The report stated that there were 1.25 million active records in SEVIS, for F-1 (for international students attending academic or English language programmes) and M-1 (for international students attending vocational or technical schools) visa students in 2020, which presented a 17.86% decrease from 2019. SEVIS is the web-based system maintaining information on international students and exchange visitors in the US.
The report added that there was a 72% decrease in new international student enrolment in 2020 as compared to 2019. There were 382,561 students from China and 207,460 students from India. These countries were followed by South Korea (68,217), Saudi Arabia (38,039), Canada (35,508) and Brazil (34,892).
Both China and India sent fewer students in 2020 as compared to 2019. 44% of F-1 and M-1 international students in 2020 were female, while 56 per cent were male. In the case of Indian students, 65% were male and 35% were female.
US schools saw a dramatic decrease in international student enrolment in both August and September, which are both months where traditionally the largest numbers of new international students sign up.