"The Outlook On (US) Immigration In 2020"

Here's a relevant paragraph from Stuart Anderson's 6.1.20 article for Forbes: New Restrictions on International Students: New enrollment of international students fell by more than 10% between the 2015-16 and 2018-2019 academic years. That has not discouraged the Trump administration from proposing additional international student restrictions. Items on the administration’s regulatory agenda include targeting Optional Practical Training (OPT), establishing … Continue reading "The Outlook On (US) Immigration In 2020"

Motivations for Studying Abroad and Immigration Intentions: The Case of Vietnamese Students

Here's a perfect example of serendipity.  I noticed that someone had visited my blog from this referrer:  Motivations for Studying Abroad and Immigration Intentions The Case of Vietnamese Students, Journal of International Students.  Why?  Because the author cited this 2018 blog post:  Viet Nam Ranks 5th in International Enrollment in 3 Countries.   It was written by … Continue reading Motivations for Studying Abroad and Immigration Intentions: The Case of Vietnamese Students

Viet Nam Ranks 5th in Emigration to the United States

Viet Nam ranks 5th in two US-related categories:  the number of its young people studying there as of last June and the number of its citizens who emigrated there in Fiscal Year 2017, which ended on 30 September 2017.  (Viet Nam is a "top ten" country in other categories, including EB-5 cases and US real … Continue reading Viet Nam Ranks 5th in Emigration to the United States

Gaming the US Student Visa System: Easy as 1-2-3

Do you want to emigrate to the US without the muss and fuss of a multi-year immigrant petition that may or may not be approved?  Psst!  Here's a low-cost solution.  Apply to an undergraduate or graduate program, depending upon your educational background, at a reputable college or university where there are not many Vietnamese students, … Continue reading Gaming the US Student Visa System: Easy as 1-2-3

Why Vietnamese Talent & Brains Are Choosing to Emigrate

Below are point-by-point responses to a 1 November 2016 article that appeared in Entity, a self-described Los Angeles, CA-based non-profit magazine "that allows people to speak their minds & have their hearts heard..."  My counterpoints begin with MAA (my initials) and are in blue.    "Brain drain" is a complex phenomenon not a black/white picture.  … Continue reading Why Vietnamese Talent & Brains Are Choosing to Emigrate

“Outdated Immigration Laws: Bad for Students, Worse for Local Economies”

It starts with the student visa process, which is one component of a broken immigration system.  At the end of the day, the only issues that really matter are: 1) ability to pay; and 2) whether or not the applicant is a terrorist. The first question in the holy trinity of the vetting process - … Continue reading “Outdated Immigration Laws: Bad for Students, Worse for Local Economies”

“Hillary Clinton promises Green Card to STEM F-1 visa students who graduate with a Master’s/doctoral degree”

Now THAT'S a headline you don't see every day.  (Follow this link to read the article from which it was taken.)  While the current anti-immigrant, anti-foreign climate in the US is not ideal for these types of proposals, I'm pleased to see that this issue is (still) being discussed. The notion that certain international students … Continue reading “Hillary Clinton promises Green Card to STEM F-1 visa students who graduate with a Master’s/doctoral degree”