US student visa: How to stay back in America after finishing your course? Expert explains

Considering the world’s top universities in the United States, many Indian students are eager to pursue higher studies in the country. The Institution of International Education last week said that more than two lakh Indian students have chosen to pursue their higher education in the US by 2022, a huge increase of 19% from last year.

Noting the same, Immigration Attorney Robert Webber said, My understanding is that Indians are receiving F-1 student visas in record numbers and will soon surpass Chinese international students in the US. .

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Currently, India ranks second, after China, in terms of the number of students in the USA.

Top US Universities:

There are 177 US universities and colleges among the best in the world. Of these, 34 colleges made it to the top 100, while 7 featured in the top 10 in the 2023 class.

The top five colleges in the US are Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University.

But it seems like getting to the US on a student visa is the easiest part. Life becomes more difficult once they complete the course. Webber points out, The biggest issue Indian students face is that if they want to stay in the US after graduation, the H-1B cap lottery is very difficult to beat.

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How can you stay in the US after completing your course?

Indian students must seek majors that land them jobs with employers exempt from the H-1B cap lottery, Webber opines.

This will include jobs in universities and university-affiliated hospitals and health systems. “Many of the most advanced hospitals have many job opportunities not only for doctors and nurses but also IT specialists, biostatisticians, and even different types of engineers.”

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In that sense, Indian students have a huge advantage as most of them go to America to pursue their higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Although a few also choose subjects such as business and management, social sciences, and education.

In addition to this, Weeber advised, students must better understand the H-1B cap and the H-1B cap exemption from the lottery and prepare accordingly.

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