China is the largest source of international students in the U.S., more than Europe and Africa combined, according to Breitbart.
“Every year, the U.S. issues nearly 800,000 F, M, and J visas to foreign students and their family members, according to State Department data. About 30 percent of F visas are awarded to Chinese nationals as well as about 23 percent of all M visas,” Breitbart reported.
Nearly 500,000 Chinese students are in the U.S. in any given year hoping to obtain Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization to take entry-level jobs in white-collar professions.
In Fiscal Year 2019, nearly 117,000 Chinese nationals secured F visas to arrive in the U.S. as students. The only country close to sending as many of its nationals to the U.S. as students is India. Last year, more than 46,000 Indian nationals secured F visas.
China’s annual domination of U.S. foreign student visa programs is largely consistent. In fiscal year 2018, more than 110,200 Chinese nationals secured F visas. This is more than any country was able to secure by at least 50,000 visas.
On Sunday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested the U.S. review its issuing of visas to Chinese students.
“It’s a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese Communist Party’s brightest minds to go back to China to compete for our jobs, to take our business, and ultimately to steal our property and design weapons and other devices that can be used against the American people,” Cotton said.
“I think we need to take a very hard look at the visas that we give the Chinese nationals to come to the United States to study, especially at the post-graduate level in advanced scientific and technological fields,” Cotton said.
The U.S. student visa programs are just one part of the nation’s legal immigration system that benefits China and its citizens.