From October 2022 through September 2023 (the 2023 federal fiscal year), the Department of State issued a near record level of nonimmigrant visas – more than 10 million globally, Report informs, citing the US Department of State.

Half of US embassies and consulates adjudicated more nonimmigrant visas than ever before, the department said in a statement.

In addition to the near historic total of more than 10.4 million nonimmigrant visas issued worldwide: “We issued nearly eight million visitor visas for business and tourism, more than in any fiscal year since 2016.”

The Department issued more than 600,000 student visas, the highest in any year since FY 2017.