The U.S. Consulate General on Thursday hosted a special Student Visa Day event. The event facilitated an efficient visa application process for more than 250 students and underscored the myriad higher education opportunities in the U.S. The event was cohosted with EducationUSA, the U.S. government’s official source of free, accurate, and comprehensive information on U.S. higher education.
For most students, applying for a student visa is the last step on their path to study at a U.S. university. To celebrate students’ achievements and welcome them to study in the United States, the Consulate dedicated nearly all non-immigrant visa appointments Thursday morning to student visa applicants.
Instead of the usual business dress, consular officers donned alma mater apparel for the special day. EducationUSA advisors answered students’ last minute questions on moving to the United States and life on campus.
“Facilitating the ability of Hong Kongers to study in the United States is an important goal of the Consulate General, and I am thrilled to see so many students here today,” said Non-Immigrant Visa Section Chief Alex Ave-Lallemant. “We are very pleased that Hong Kong is one of the largest sources of overseas students in the United States, and hope this positive trend continues in the future.”
Over 8,000 Hong Kong students studied at U.S. institutions in the 2014/15 academic year, making Hong Kong the 5th overall place of origin for international students in the U.S. on a per capita basis, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report.
The U.S. Consulate General offers free advising services to local students, teachers, and parents through the EducationUSA Hong Kong office. Free in-person advising appointments are available weekly at EducationUSA’s new Advising Center in Sheung Wan, and advisors can be reached by phone or email Monday – Friday to answer questions on the U.S. school application process.
For more information, please contact Spokesperson Kristin Haworth at 2841-2265.