Drop due to a flurry of immigration-related guidelines issued by the previous US administration
The number of foreign enrolments in the United States dropped by 18% in 2020, a study conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) revealed on March 21.
SEVP manages the Department of Homeland Security's student visa monitoring system.
The dip is reportedly an outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic and a flurry of immigration-related guidelines from the previous US administration.
The visa tally for newly registered students dropped by 72%, and F-1 student visas dipped by more than 90 % in August 2020, Xinhua news agency quoted a report published on March 20 by The Wall Street Journal.
The F-1 visa is issued to full-time academic students, and the M-1 visa category is for students in vocational or other non-academic programmes.
The ICE figures include K-12 (kindergarten to grade 12) school students, college and university students and those who are studying in vocational programmes. The fallout spread across all degree levels and for students from around the world.