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Graphic shows fall in students applying for university places in the U.S. from the Middle East, India and China


U.S. loses international students

By Duncan Mil

March 20, 2017 - Nearly four in 10 U.S. colleges have seen drops in applications from international students following Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric about travel bans, according to a report by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

39 percent of universities responding to the survey reported declines in undergraduate applications from China, and 32 percent reported declines in Chinese graduate applications. As for India, 26 percent reported declines in undergraduate applications from the country, and 15 percent reported declines in graduate applications.

Link to AACRAO report

Many students struggling to secure visa extensions or land a graduate job in the United States are now turning to Canada.

Last year saw a 28 percent jump in the number of Indian students arriving on Canadian campuses. This increase was followed by Nigerians at 20 percent and Chinese student application increasing by 11 percent.

Canada’s visa system allows graduate students to remain and work for up to three years whether or not they have a job at that time. The H-1B work visa in the U.S. lasts for three years but must be sponsored by an employer.

PUBLISHED: 20/03/2017; STORY: Graphic News