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US starts granting visas to Chinese students again after Covid lull

08/25/2021| 7:27:32 PM|

Nearly 34,000 F1 visas were granted by the US to Chinese nationals in June.

The US is once again granting and approving visas for Chinese students after the pandemic slowed the program to a stop.

The increase in approvals began in May, according to data from the US State Department. Approval of F1 visas - the most common visa given to students - has returned to near pre-pandemic levels.

According to consultants in China, the visa situation has mostly "returned to normal" though some students in certain tech or strategic fields have had to undergo a higher level of scrutiny before being accepted.

Despite the growing number of coronavirus cases in the US driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, the number of approved applications suggests Chinese students are still eager to study at US schools.

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