U.S. Consulate General Chennai Launches Student Visa Season

Fact Sheet

Chennai, April 11:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai launched its 2019 Student Visa Season with an information session on U.S. student visas hosted by Consular Chief Kent May, April 11 at the American Center, Chennai.

“The United States has some of the finest educational institutions in the world, and millions of international students and professionals agree.  There are more than a million foreign students in the United States – and nearly 200,000 are from India.  I encourage anyone considering study abroad to think about applying to a college or university in the United States.  Our educational institutions need the very best international students, because we need talented global citizens who can help solve the challenges we face in a complex world.  Talk to one of our educational advisors to learn more about the opportunities offered in the United States.” – Kent May, U.S. Consul for Consular Affairs.

This information presented by consular officers helped guidance counselors, educators, students, and parents understand the U.S. student visa application process and answer questions.  Below are a list of facts and resources we would like to share with the public.


  • The United States welcomes international students!
  • The United States remains one of the prime destinations in the world for international students.
  • There are currently over 196,000 Indian students studying in the United States – more than at any time in our nation’s history.
  • Indian students studying in the United States represent the second-largest foreign nationality studying in the United States (17.9 percent of all international students).
  • There are over 4,500 accredited colleges and universities in the United States.

Educational Resources

  • We strongly encourage students to work with one of our seven EducationUSA advising centers across India when exploring educational opportunities in the United States. educationusa.state.gov
  • EducationUSA can help students find U.S. institutions that is best fit to meet their educational goals, and can provide guidance and resources to put together a strong application.

Visa Resources

  • A Step-by-step information guide on how to apply for a U.S. visa is available at ustraveldocs.com.
  • We strive to make the visa application process as easy as possible.
  • Applicants first pay SEVIS fee, fill out an application online, pay visa fee, and schedule two appointments – one for submission of fingerprints and a photo at one of our Visa Application Center (VAC) locations across India and another for an interview at the Embassy or a Consulate.
  • Student visa adjudications are based solely on the eligibility of the visa applicants—there are no quotas. 

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