How Will H1B Visa Affect Overseas Education
The world came to a standstill after the US president Donald Trump’s announcement of making amendments in the H1B visa policy. Most of the H1B visas are acquired by the Indian and the Chinese nationals, who are hired instead of the expensive local labor by the US companies to work on their projects. A change in the policy by the US would drastically affect the economy of these two nations and hence the entire world on the global level. While this has come as a shock for the IT professionals who are working in the US with H-1B visas, it has also given way to a lot of speculations that say that Trump’s policy will also affect those who wish to study in the US. But will it really? Well, experts suggest that it’s just a myth and courses like MS in the US will still be the same.
Most of the students who want to do MS from the US, opt for a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) course, OPT (Optional Practical Training) period for which is 3 years like before and no changes have been made in this time period, which means you can apply for H1-B visa thrice in a span of these three years. And those who have no intention of enrolling for H1-B visa can earn enough to repay the education loan taken by them back in their homeland and also come back with decent savings.
Secondly, out of the total visas granted last year, 20,000 are for foreigners with a graduate degree from a US academic institution. So, this means that the ones graduating from the US can be considered for either of the two categories of the H1-B cap, that is 65,000 + 20,000. In other words, we can say that they get two chances for applying for the visa and hence an edge over the others.
Thirdly, the US government has been focusing on free education to US citizens which in turn means that the institutes will have to look forward to international students or turn to the government or companies for funding. The former will suit the government more though it might mean a higher fee for the foreign students.
All in all, if you wish to study in the US, go ahead. Contact Your EduAdvisors who could clear your doubts if you have any. And also, don’t forget the fact that the universities, colleges, non-profits and government research institutions are not covered under the cap.