Monday, 24 April 2017

USA tightens immigration : Boon or Bane for Indian Students

I just received a call today from a student, "Ma'am, I have an admit from UTD and UIC. I am skeptical whether I should go to USA". This prompted me to come up with this blog article.

Over the last few days, you might have come across a lot of  proposed changes to the H-1B Visa reform and its impact on your ability to secure a job post your degree in USA.

First and foremost do not go by hearsay, have the strong conviction and just go ahead and apply for higher studies if you have decided to. Each year brings with it different phases, which inevitably pass - sometimes there is a recession phase, there was a time when the rupee got devalued and hence students got worried but that phase has passed, this year its about immigration policies 

Here is iGradGlobal's 2 cents on this:

  • These newer immigration orders are just proposals and will take time to implement  and become a law only if they get complete support.
  • There is nothing against student community; students are still encouraged to apply. 
  • There is opposition not for granting work permit on the whole, but to minimize the loopholes in the system like reducing the middle men, better wages and work permit based on merit not luck.
  • This will, in turn, streamline the OPT requirement. If the H1 visa is skills based, you can still have a one year OPT and get a job you deserve, in fact, with much better wages.
  • Lastly, why is it always going to US that is synonymous with going abroad for higher studies? Our students have bagged admits in top world universities in Netherlands - TU Delft, Germany - Hamburg, Canada - Ottawa and Australia - Sydney, to name a few.
Overall, what we  advise is that students weigh the pros and cons and then decide pragmatically and not just through hearsay.

All the best
Happy Global Studies !!               

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