The United States has the highest number of students pursuing higher education on its land. This is according to the 2009 Open Doors Report which is considered to be the most important and comprehensive on international students studying in various American Universities. This clearly proves the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security with their Open Doors Policy which has maintained the borders yet attracted many to come to the United States.
This clearly proves the balance that is maintained between attracting visitors yet securing a stringent policy on its boundaries. In addition, the partnership between the Immigration and Costumer Enforcement and the academic community has shown positive results with a substantial rise in the number of foreign students coming to the United States.
This is especially true for the last three years in a row. Such significant rise has been experienced the first time after 1980. At present, there are more than 670,000 foreign students studying in the United States.
In 2003, a web based Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) was started by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Through this system, all the records of the students, exchange visitors and other dependents are efficiently managed during their residence in the United States. This has led to the correct numbering of students entering the country and thus, keeping a track of it at all times.
On the other hand, it also proves the standards of education offered in the United States to be at par with the rest of the world. Thus, many students prefer to come and study here. With this, the country is also one of the developed nations in the world offering state of the art facilities. What more does one require?