More Saudis come to the US on visas than ANY OTTER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
From news article:
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – The US embassy in Riyadh revealed that 110,000 Saudi nationals applied for a visa to visit the US in 2011, an increase of 25,000 from the previous year. The embassy also revealed that 93 percent of these visa applications were approved, and 75 percent of visa application approvals were issued within one week.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, the US embassy’s Non-Immigrant Visa Chief, Robin A. Busse said that the most common reason that the US embassy refuses certain visa applications is due to the applicant failing to provide accurate and correct information. He also attributed any delay in decisions on visa application to the vigorous administrative procedures that US visa application must undergo, as these must adhere to the strict immigration policies of the United States.
Busse said that one of the reasons that visa applications were turned down was because the applicant had failed to take the application process seriously, he stressed that a rejection or delay was due to the applicant, not the US embassy. [So please don't be alarmed the fault is not ours, please don't kill us, please]
For his part, US Consul General at the US embassy in Riyadh, Glen Keiser revealed that the number of Saudi Arabian nationals applying for visas to visit the US has risen by 100 percent over the past 4 years. He also revealed that more Saudi Arabians apply for visas to visit the US than any other nationality around the world.
Statistics also revealed that 66,000 of the 110,000 Saudi visa applicants in 2011 applied for a visa at the Riyadh embassy, and that approximately a quarter of these applicants were seeking to study in the US.
Keiser also told Asharq Al-Awsat that the US visa application process is currently under review to make this faster and easier, and that this review is expected to make 35 percent of administrative procedures redundant. [We are trying as hard as we can to make this even easier so than MORE than 93% can be approved and it should take even less than one week. Who knows, maybe we'll be able to provide Jew free locales for your stay.]
Posters note; as someone with fairly close contact to NC State, one of the universities of choice of terrorist bomb and WMD engineers (at least 4 Federal terrorist cases in the US trace back to NC State engineering students) and which has both the oldest and most sophisticated nuclear engineering facilities of all universities in the US I can safely say that a significant number of foreign students are from Arab states and while we shouldn't be alarmed by that we shouldn't completely ignore reality either.