November 13, 2006

Still getting the world's brain drain

Post 9/11 the number of visas issued to foreigners to study in the US dropped significantly. This development prompted much complaining (entirely justified complaining, too).This development, however, seems to have reversed itself:

The number of new foreign students coming to the United States grew this school year, after several years of weakness that followed the terrorist attacks of 2001...Another sign of a turnaround was a sharp upturn in student visas, said Allan E. Goodman, president of the institute. Dr. Goodman said the State Department issued a record 591,050 student and exchange visas in the 12 months ending in September, a 14 percent increase over the previous year and 6 percent more than in the year leading up to the 2001 attacks.More than half of the approximately 900 campuses that participated in the survey said they had seen increases in the number of foreign students this fall.Dr. Goodman attributed the increase to the easing of visa restrictions imposed after the terrorist attacks and to greater efforts by colleges to attract foreign students.
Good to see something was finally done about this.