FIGURE 2-3 Visa issuance volumes by region for F and J classes, 1966-2003.

SOURCES: Data provided by US Department of State and are from its annual publication, Report of the Visa Office, published by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Recent editions are available at No regional data were available for 1968 or 1988. Regions are as defined by Department of State. North America includes Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Hong Kong statistics are reported with UK. Before 1992, Europe statistics included USSR. In FY 1992, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan statistics are reported with Asia; and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine are reported with Europe.

F and J visa classes were not broken into subclasses until 1984. Data reported here are for all F and all J visas issued. F visas are for students in secondary (high-school) and postsecondary education. J visas are in two categories: Private Sector (foreign physician, au pair, camp counselor, summer work/travel, and trainee) and Government Programs (postsecondary student, college/university student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, specialist, teacher, government visitor, and international visitor). Additional subclasses are for spouses and dependents of primary applicants.

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