Indian and foreign students aspiring to study in the US do so with a clear goal – to eventually land a job in Corporate America. Graduates who complete an advanced degree need to seek out an employer that will sponsor their H1B work visa. However, recent trends indicate that such sponsorship are harder to come by.
President Trump has promised tightening of H1-B work visas, a topic we have reviewed a few times in recent times.
- What does President Trump’s executive order mean to H1 Visa aspirants around the world?
- In your own words: Stories of those affected by Trump’s visa ban in US
- Q&A What effect will the H1B Visa Reform Bill have on existing H1B holders drawing salary of less than 100K P.A.?
- Q&A : Is it true that US jobs on H1B have suddenly been reduced? All they want are candidates who are US citizens, green card holders or with an EAD permit.
Now comes news that an increasing number of Indians are flocking to Canadian Business Schools in Canada and not the US.
Canada, which has been courting international students aggressively for about a decade now, seems to be gaining from Trump administration’s protectionist rhetoric in the US. Canada has been able to attract 20-30% more MBA students from India this year in Business Schools alone.
At the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, 56 of the 350 MBA students in the class of 2019 are Indian. At Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal, applications from India rose by about 30% in fall 2017 while 51% of the applications to the full-time MBA offered at the Alberta School of Business in Edmonton came from India. The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business told Economic Times that 60-70% of its international MBA students are Indian.
Wonder if this is a one-off or a long term trend?