India ranks second in the number of foreign students studying in the US as at least 2,11,703 Indian students are currently studying in various American universities. While tops the list with 3,77,070 students. Today every Indian dream of studying and working abroad mainly in the United States of America to get a bigger opportunity and earn a high income. Therefore, Indian NRIs and students have comprehensively contributed to the economy of US. Notably, the United States in its latest biannual report on international student trends said that as many as 2,11,703 Indian students are currently studying in various American universities. The report stated that 49 percent of the F and M student population in the United States hailed from either China or India.
The report further added that both China and India saw a proportional growth between 1 and 2 percent, with New Delhi sending 2,356 students while China sending 6,305 more students. On the other side, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) report of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations said that 77 percent of all international students in the US are from Asia. According to the report, despite steady growth from the two most populous nations, there was a slight decrease in the number of Asian students coming to study in the United States over the reporting period.
The sharp decline in the number of students from Saudi Arabia (-9,971), South Korea (-5,488), and Yemen (-396) outweighed the rapid growth in the number of students coming from Pakistan ( 448), Burma ( 206) and Cambodia ( 109). During the reporting period, the total number of SEVIS records for active F and M students decreased by 0.5 percent, from 1,208,039 in March 2017 to 1,201,829 in March 2018. Importantly, the J-1 exchange visitor population increased by four percent from 201,408 in March 2017 to 209,568 in March 2018. The J-1 visa offers cultural and educational exchange opportunities in the United States through a variety of programs overseen by the US State Department.