Foreign student enrollments sink
The COVID-19 pandemic and a flurry of immigration-related directives from the last administration devastated enrollment of international students at US schools in 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The number of international students fell by 18% last year, to 1.25 million, according to a new tally by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Visa records for newly enrolled students tumbled by 72%, and F-1 student visas went down by more than 90% in August 2020, when the new school year started, according to the Journal.
It is no sure thing next year will look much better, as many consulates and embassies remain closed or are processing visas only on an emergency basis.
As of March 1, 43 out of 223 consular posts were operating at full capacity, according to the US State Department.