African and Global South Students Face High Rates of F-1 Visa Denials

A new report indicates that students from the Global South are denied visas to study in the U.S. at disproportionately higher rates than the rest of the world.

The report, released by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and the research company Shorelight, examines visa adjudication trends spanning an eight-year period between 2015 and 2022.

“International students today overcome many hurdles to study in the U.S., but a visa represents the ultimate barrier to entry that can thwart the dreams and potential of these students while also shortchanging U.S. institutions, the workforce, and our economy,” said Rajika Bhandari, senior adviser at the Presidents’ Alliance, in a statement. “Everybody loses when a well-qualified student is denied a visa.”

Read the full article from INSIGHT Into Diversity here.