The recent changes in immigration policies under President Trump’s administration have not only caused Indian professionals in the US to worry about their jobs but have also been a cause of concern for Indian students who are looking to study abroad.
International students who are already studying in the US are worried about their upcoming careers there and fear the aggressive stance taken by the new presidential rule. This, in turn, may discourage Indian students to pursue studies in the US as most will prefer not to land themselves in this turmoil. The future of foreign nationals in the US is still uncertain.
Students fear changes in the OPT or Optional Practical Training, which allows foreign graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to stay in the US for up to three years after graduation. This allows them to find jobs after they graduate and make a home in the US if they want. If this rule is also curbed, launching a career in the U.S may become almost impossible. It might become even more difficult for non-STEM students.
In case students do decide to pursue higher studies in the US they will have to aim to always be in the top ranks of their class as lower ranks may affect their opportunities of getting a job, given the recent executive order which encourages companies to “Buy American, Hire American.”
The number of Indian students looking to study in the U.S may dip in the coming years but no one can predict accurately what the future holds.