Trump mulls suspending H-1B visas
WASHINGTON: Indians students and white collar professionals are ditching the “American dream” to pursue a Canadian one because of the increasingly restrictive visa and immigration policies of the Trump administration, which, according to the US corporations, are going be tightened further within days with dging consequences for the country.
There is heightened expectation in wing quarters – and growing apprehension in US corporations and academic circles — that Presi nt Trump will issue an executive order late on Friday (Saturday in India) or early next week to scrap or freeze the H-1B visa programme and the optional practical training programme that allows graduate foreign students to intern in the US, because of the high unemployment rate due to coronavir s. But a new analysis of US go nment data shows Indian STEM students and skilled professionals were already veering away to Canada.
Data examined by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) show that the number of international students from India enrolled in graduate-level computer science and engineering at US universities declined by over 25% between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 academic years. At the same time, the Canadian Bureau of International Education reported that students from India studying at Canadian universities rose from 76,075 in 2016 to 1,72,625 in 2018, a 127% increase.
Indian students have long formed the bulwark of STEM education in the US. As recently as the 2016-17 academic year, 67% of international graduate students in computer science at US universities were from India. While for engineering as a whole international student enrollment at the graduate-level at US universities dropped from 96,330 in 2016-17 to 86,070 in 2018-19, a decline of 10,260, or 10.7%, the NFAP analysis ned, “was primarily a result of enrollment of Indian students in engineering falling by 10,870, or 27.5%, between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 academic years.”
In computer science, international student enrollment at the graduate-level dropped from 70,630 in 2016-17 to 64,580 in 2018-19, a decline of 6,050, or 8.5%. As with engineering, the decline was largely due to the enrollment of Indian graduate students in computer science drop by 11,080, or 23.3%, between 2016-17 and 2018-19.
Canadian immigration lawyers are acknowledging that Canada is benefiting from a diversion of young Indian tech workers and students from US destinations, largely because of the challenges of obtaining and renewing H-1B visas and finding a reliable route to US permanent residence. In fact, the number of Indians who became permanent resi nts in Canada rose from 39,340 in 2016 to 85,585 in 2019, a rise of more than 117%, according to a the NFAP analysis of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data. Canada’s Global Skills Strategy allows many applications for high-skilled foreign professionals to be approved in two weeks, in contrast to the situation in US where the H-1B visa process can take months, and where the annual limit on 85,000 H-1B visas has been reached for the past 18 fiscal years.
But even that has not satisfied the Trump base, which is now pressing the White House to altogether ban H-1B and OPT programmes. An rmed US Chamber of Commerce on Thursday rushed a letter to Trump urging him not to go down that route. Its CEO Thomas Donahue wre, “If companies cannot hire new H-1B workers or continue to employ current H-1B workers, innovation and productivity growth would suffer greatly.”
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Where is Indian Dream ? Forget America or Canadian dream. Stay in India, contribute and develop the country in such a way that it becomes a dream of rest of world to get Indian Visas.. Reverse the brain drain !
Indian student do not come to study and soon they arrive look for job in restaurants and grocery stores.
Canada is becoming a socialist country like Europe. Not much growth. India is the best place.
Yes, "India is the best place" for corrupt, unethical, immoral people.
Easy way to realize American dream is to cm a Refugee status....
International students in US are being backstabbed by White supermacist. US citizen students need to pay 1/3rd of fees but International students need to pay full fees. Now with billions of job loss across the world and no stimulus package by many third world countries, racist in US are backstabbing after taking full fees from the students.
I have been hearing about Indians giving up on the USA for twenty years and have yet to see them go.
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canadian jobs don't pay well, and they will realize that Canada doesn't have many jobs either.
Trumps statement is confusing, whether he is for India or ag inst India?
He is for America first
Canada is the best nation for migration as the day you land, you think you have a future here. All the talented Indians and Pakistanis are heading to Canada as they are fed up waiting for a green card and citizenship.
Indians used to cm US depends on Indian IT talents, without which US would col pse. Trump is showing to Indians these are all Indian BULL sxyt. Indian talents take the cue and are fleeing to Canada.
BTW what is "Canadian Dream" eh... sincere advise, either go to US or stay in India... I lived in Canada for 16 years and moved to US and its was a good move. Nothing ag inst Canada though... very nice and clean country with some good support sy em for resi nts but opportunity wise US is better for obvious reasons.
Ok. yes. No need to come to US.. Indians can definitely try going to can, aus, uk or any other places, but let US be the way it is
Too bad that the majority of Indian Students want to stay in the USA after studies.
Majority? Almost all. Since 60's, almost all stayed in USA. Some went back and within year said to India "no thanks" and retuned to USA
US jobs are very less due to Corona.Trump has to take care of US citizen first
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US unemployment is 45 MILLION. Please et US as soon as possible.
its the reverse Indian students are being ditched and have no choice