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F-1 Student Visa Statistics
Top 100 Countries Receiving F-1 Visas
FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006
China - mainland born 56,258 Korea, South 45,915 Korea, South 42,681
Korea, South 50,078 China - mainland born 39,535 China - mainland born 28,444
India 36,149 India 34,471 India 26,342
Japan 19,876 Japan 21,900 Japan 23,417
China - Taiwan born 14,640 China - Taiwan born 14,973 China - Taiwan born 16,727
Brazil 10,556 Mexico 7,778 Saudi Arabia 9,240
Vietnam 9,216 Brazil 7,418 Mexico 7,885
Saudi Arabia 8,038 Turkey 6,662 Turkey 6,290
Mexico 7,538 Vietnam 6,152 Brazil 5,926
Germany 7,255 Germany 5,989 Germany 5,595
Turkey 7,122 Saudi Arabia 5,776 Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4,696
France 5,295 Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4,697 Thailand 4,540
Nepal 4,708 France 4,604 France 4,503
Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4,647 Thailand 4,515 Vietnam 3,718
Thailand 4,481 Italy 3,351 Nepal 3,401
Spain 4,192 Spain 3,329 Italy 3,106
Russia 4,048 Colombia 3,317 Spain 3,000
Colombia 3,961 Nepal 3,216 Colombia 2,933
Italy 3,873 Russia 2,993 Indonesia 2,799
Switzerland 3,138 Switzerland 2,706 Switzerland 2,565
Hong Kong S.A.R. 2,401 Indonesia 2,365 Russia 2,427
Nigeria 2,377 Hong Kong S.A.R. 2,325 Hong Kong S.A.R. 2,354
Venezuela 2,363 Nigeria 2,259 Kenya 2,312
Sweden 2,222 Venezuela 2,244 Sweden 1,971
Kenya 1,998 Sweden 2,190 Venezuela 1,928
Malaysia 1,783 Kenya 1,948 Jamaica 1,697
Indonesia 1,768 Malaysia 1,569 Nigeria 1,658
Libya 1,676 Jamaica 1,548 Singapore 1,402
Australia 1,583 Singapore 1,434 Malaysia 1,347
Singapore 1,541 Australia 1,380 Poland 1,284
Netherlands 1,499 Poland 1,294 Australia 1,272
Jamaica 1,404 Pakistan 1,239 Pakistan 1,216
Norway 1,283 Netherlands 1,183 Mongolia 1,197
Poland 1,280 Bahamas, The 1,171 Israel 1,189
Bahamas, The 1,250 Israel 1,170 Ecuador 1,144
Kazakhstan 1,240 Chile 1,108 Argentina 1,115
Israel 1,229 Ecuador 1,067 Bahamas, The 1,096
Argentina 1,117 Peru 1,065 Peru 1,089
Ghana 1,114 Argentina 1,061 Trinidad and Tobago 1,070
Pakistan 1,107 Philippines 1,006 Netherlands 1,021
Peru 1,101 Norway 978 Chile 992
Chile 1,076 Trinidad and Tobago 924 Sri Lanka 971
Iran 1,046 Serbia and Montenegro 915 Bulgaria 949
Ecuador 1,005 Kazakhstan 899 Serbia and Montenegro 898
Tajikistan 943 Sri Lanka 882 Romania 848
Sri Lanka 942 Greece 825 Greece 841
Trinidad and Tobago 920 Mongolia 812 Norway 803
Greece 917 Bulgaria 810 Philippines 764
Philippines 911 Iran 799 Dominican Republic 758
Kuwait 872 Ghana 768 Kuwait 662
Czech Republic 838 Romania 748 Kazakhstan 647
United Arab Emirates 819 Kuwait 746 South Africa 647
Ethiopia 806 Dominican Republic 707 Iran 646
Denmark 793 Jordan 696 Cameroon 625
Serbia and Montenegro 791 Ukraine 668 Czech Republic 624
Austria 760 South Africa 665 Ghana 616
Belgium 759 Czech Republic 659 Panama 613
Bulgaria 748 Cameroon 634 Ukraine 605
Jordan 735 Denmark 623 Jordan 593
Ukraine 710 Austria 612 Denmark 577
Dominican Republic 687 Belgium 584 Austria 535
South Africa 674 Ethiopia 565 Lebanon 504
Romania 670 United Arab Emirates 564 Uzbekistan 488
Cameroon 652 Lebanon 544 Tanzania 485
Morocco 613 Portugal 520 Egypt 474
Bangladesh 593 Panama 499 Ireland 472
Panama 579 Tajikistan 487 Belgium 460
Portugal 578 Tanzania 472 Honduras 444
Mongolia 553 Bangladesh 471 Bangladesh 442
Egypt 536 Egypt 461 Portugal 440
Ireland 529 Ireland 458 Bolivia 439
Lebanon 502 Zimbabwe 443 United Arab Emirates 436
Bolivia 499 Guatemala 442 Ethiopia 428
Honduras 494 Bolivia 433 Slovakia 412
Costa Rica 489 Slovakia 426 Palestinian Authority Travel Document 403
Slovakia 484 Honduras 415 Guatemala 394
Tanzania 462 Costa Rica 409 Zimbabwe 388
Guatemala 461 New Zealand 405 Uganda 384
New Zealand 450 Haiti 393 Hungary 371
Uganda 448 Morocco 388 New Zealand 363
Albania 447 Hungary 384 Costa Rica 354
Hungary 437 Uganda 380 Haiti 344
Finland 414 Burkina Faso 363 Angola 344
Qatar 414 Albania 361 Burkina Faso 339
Haiti 394 Finland 343 Albania 333
Mali 393 El Salvador 336 Cyprus 317
Angola 384 Croatia 326 El Salvador 316
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 364 Mali 319 Finland 308
Burkina Faso 361 Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 302 Croatia 307
Zimbabwe 358 Angola 289 Morocco 304
El Salvador 355 Azerbaijan 281 Mali 276
Croatia 336 Moldova 280 Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 275
Algeria 324 Cyprus 274 Lithuania 252
Azerbaijan 310 Qatar 271 Moldova 247
Rwanda 309 Uzbekistan 265 Azerbaijan 240
Moldova 296 Libya 265 Zambia 238
Cyprus 282 Burma 262 Cambodia 217
Burma 275 Saint Lucia 254 Burma 208
Senegal 264 Rwanda 230 Barbados 207
Georgia 262 Benin 226 Latvia 198

Source: U.S. Department of State (DOS)