U.S. Visas in 2024

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced on May 13 that it issued nearly 5.2 million nonimmigrant visas worldwide in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2024. This number is “higher than in any previous year over the same period,” according to DOS.

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“Over the past six months, 30 percent of our U.S. embassies and consulates overseas set all-time records for nonimmigrant visas issued,” the statement reads.

In the first half of FY 2024:

  • The Department issued nearly 4.1 million B visitor visas (and border crossing cards) for tourists and temporary business travelers worldwide. • The highest-volume missions continued to set records.
  • Nearly two-thirds of B visitor visas and border crossing cards were issued in Mexico, India, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Collectively, these missions issued more visas than ever before on record.

According to DOS, its efforts have bolstered the United States as a top academic destination and facilitated the workforce and talent needed to keep the American economy strong.

By mid-year FY 2024, the Department of State:

  • Issued visas to nearly 134,000 exchange visitor program participants and 115,000 students. According to the Department of Commerce, international students contributed nearly $38 billion to the U.S. economy in 2022 and more than 335,000 jobs.
  • Issued a record-breaking 205,000 visas to temporary or seasonal workers in agriculture and other sectors, providing lawful labor pathways which support key parts of the American economy.
  • Issued 25,000 employment-based immigrant visas – 75% more than the same period in FY 2019, before the pandemic.

Altogether, DOS issued over 281,000 immigrant visas in the first half of FY 24.

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