Over 92,000 African students denied US student Visas

The report by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration suggests that factors such as reduced student mobility and limited US consular staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic might contribute to the rise in visa refusals. Additionally, concerns were raised about the potential influence of national policies and negative public narratives towards international students and immigrants, which could be reflected in the visa refusal rates.

Rajika Bhandari, a senior adviser at the Presidents’ Alliance, emphasized that these figures demonstrate clear disparities in outcomes for students from certain countries, especially African nations. The situation is seen as a “missed opportunity” for the US, as it hinders the country’s universities from benefiting from a diverse student population and restricts access to global talent.

Read the full article from Idoma Voice here.