The number of Chinese mainland students’ visa to the United States has dropped by 99% in the past six months

On November 4, citing data from the U.S. State Department, the United States issued 808 F-1 student visas to mainland Chinese students from April to September this year, down 99% from 90410 in the same period last year. Due to the sudden outbreak of the new crown, the number of visa applications for the United States by students from all over the world has dropped sharply this year, but the decline in China is the most prominent. Since this year, the situation of Chinese students studying in the United States has become more and more difficult. On the one hand, racial discrimination against Asian Americans in the United States has increased sharply during the epidemic period; on the other hand, the trump government has been constantly making difficulties to Chinese students, including imposing visa restrictions and claiming that Chinese students are engaged in “espionage activities”. Chinese students account for about 30% of international students in the United States, according to a report on the 4th. However, from April to September this year, the United States issued only 808 F-1 student visas to mainland Chinese applicants. According to the official website of the U.S. State Department, the agency issued 17, 7, 8, 145, 363 and 268 F-1 student visas to mainland Chinese applicants each month in the past six months. According to the report, the number of student visa applications in mainland China has dropped 99% compared with the same period last year, which is much higher than the average of 88% and far higher than that of other countries. < p > < p > data from the US State Department show that during this period, the number of F-1 student visa issued by the United States to Indian students decreased by 88%, 87% in Japan, 75% in South Korea and 60% in Mexico. According to the report, < / P > < p > the new crown epidemic is one of the major reasons for the general decline in the number of F-1 student visa granted by various countries. Since this year, the epidemic situation in the United States has been in a severe situation for a long time. Currently, novel coronavirus pneumonia cases have exceeded 9 million 450 thousand cases in the United States, and over 230 thousand cases have died. However, the report also suggests that the tension between China and the United States this year is affecting academic exchanges between China and the United States, with special reference to various restrictions imposed by the U.S. government on Chinese students. For example, in May this year, the US White House Government website issued a presidential announcement banning Chinese students and scholars with “F” and “J” signatures from entering the United States, excluding undergraduates. In September, the U.S. government revoked more than 1000 Chinese students and scholars’ visas. At that time, U.S. President trump also slandered that some of the students were engaged in “espionage”. It is worth noting that during this year’s epidemic, discrimination against Asian Americans in American society has become more and more, and Chinese and other Asian faces in the United States are frequently attacked by verbal and physical malice. However, the trump administration still uses racist terms such as “Kung Fu cold” and “Chinese virus”, which aggravates the xenophobic sentiment in American society. In response to us restrictions on Chinese students, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian once said that the United States should immediately stop using various pretexts to restrict and suppress Chinese students studying in the United States. We support Chinese students studying abroad to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law. Zhao Lijian pointed out that a series of negative wrong words and deeds adopted by the US side in the field of people to people and cultural exchanges between China and the United States have brought serious negative effects on normal people to people and people to people exchanges between China and the United States. 08/16/2020