US immigration reforms could deter foreign students from Canada
United States, 31st January: Recent changes announced to US immigration rules are likely to make Canada less attractive for foreign students.
The US has announced that it will offer US Green Cards to foreign STEM graduates for retaining them in the US.
US Green Cards to STEM graduates—Soon, the US will be offering US Green Cards to foreign students having a Master’s or a PhD degree in STEM(science, technology, engineering or mathematics) from any US university. This latest change by US immigration is aimed to attract and retain an increasingly high number of foreign graduates to come to the US and stay here.
The US will not be able to attract the top talented individuals to come to the US and study here but will also offer a route to US citizenship. And this is a great boost for foreigners to help them settle permanently in the US.
The US is going to offer US Green Cards to STEM graduates(those with Master’s/Ph.Ds) to help them retain in the US and control brain drain. And these changes will make Canada less attractive for foreign students.
The measures for high skilled workers have won wide support from the US tech sector since it understands quite well that foreign-born talented individuals are vital to fulfilling the job demands.
In addition such immigrants add a fillip to competitiveness and innovation in the nation.
Canada may become less attractive to foreign students—The changes to US immigration rules for international students will have a bad impact on the popularity of Canada as a favored destination for studying abroad.
US policy to give US permanent residency to international students is being felt to have detrimental effects for Canada. Canada has been luring foreign students to come, study and settle here permanently after successful completion of their graduation degrees.
But, after knowing that one could stay in the US permanently, many international students would give a preference to the US than to Canada for permanent settlement.
It is already known that majority of foreign-born students, especially those with masters and PhD degrees in the US have come from Canadian educational institutes, admits a professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University and a specialist in immigration, Don DeVoretz.