US working with India to streamline education visa process
Washington: The United States is working with the Indian Government to streamline the latter's education visa, which is being considered as a major hindrance for American students wanting to go to the country for education, a top Obama Administration official has said.
Currently, while more than 100,000 Indian students come to the US for study every year, the number of American students who studied in India in 2011-2012 was a mere 4,300 and far less than those going to China for studies.
Even as more American students would like to go to India for studies, not many are able to travel because of the difficulties they face in getting the education visa.
"We recognise that there are indeed challenges and hindrances which have prevented more American students from choosing India as a destination," the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, told students at the Boston University yesterday.
"We are working with the Indian government to streamline education visa processes, which have been repeatedly identified as a key reason for why so few American students go to India," Blake said in his remarks.