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It’s been a long time since I have written a post. Been very busy with work. So today’s topic will cover on how American Presidency Election will affect the International Students in the US and students planning for their MS in the United States. Students have been asking me how will it affect them and I thought of covering the topic as a post. I have made sure that I talk facts and only facts. No rumors and other stuff that’s being going around everywhere in the internet. I hope it would be useful for you all.

Parties Fighting For Presidency

As everyone knows, the two parties in the United States are the Democratic and the Republicans. From the Republican side, we all know who’s leading the race, it’s Donald Trump and Ted Cruze is not far behind and from the Democratic end it’s Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who is a little behind in the race currently. People are unusually worried on Donald Trump becoming the president of United States. There have been a lot of rumors going around as well that International Students won’t get jobs and coming to US for studies would become difficult etc. So lets see what are the facts behind these things to get a bigger picture.

Official Immigration Reforms Of Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/immigration-reform)

H1B Reform Trump

I have provided the official link of Immigration Reform suggested by Mr. Trump. Here’s the screenshot of the important part:

  • First paragraph states that companies can apply H1B only if the employee is paid a certain salary per year. He plans to increase the salary paid to the employee by which the entry level jobs or the graduate jobs would go to a US citizen rather than an international citizen.
  • Second paragraph states, he will reduce/remove the H1B Visas as it affects the American people trying to get a job
  • J-1 Visas which help International students to come to United States for professional experience will be terminated.

Ted Cruze (https://www.tedcruz.org/cruz-immigration-plan/)

Cruze Immigration Reform

I have provided the official link of Immigration Reform suggested by Mr. Cruze. Here’s the screenshot of the important part:

  • He will suspend H1B Visas for 180 days until they audit and be certain that it’s not being abused
  • Individuals with advanced degrees will only be given H1B
  • Universities must meet certain standard to qualify for the advanced degree requirement
  • Suspend companies from applying H1B if they haven’t helped foreign workers to obtain a green card.

Hillary Clinton (https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/immigration-reform/)

If you see Hillary Clinton’s immigration reform page, you won’t find anything related to H1B. It simply states that she will back Obama’s Immigration Reform.

Bernie Sanders (https://berniesanders.com/a-fair-and-humane-immigration-policy/)

Bernie Sanders too hasn’t spoken anything on H1B Visas in his immigration reform page.

My Evaluations:

People have gone crazy over Donald Trump’s comments and have totally forgotten that Republican as a whole share the same feeling be it Trump or Cruze. Democrats on the other hand would certainly support the Obama Immigration Reform.

How Will It Affect You As A International Student:

As an International Student, you won’t be affected at all no matter who becomes the president. No presidential candidate has said that International Students won’t be welcomed or F-1 Visas would be stopped etc. Republicans as a whole have targeted the H1B Visas given to the Immigrants.

From my perspective, If you are a student planning to come to United States, you will not face any problems at all. If you will be trying for an H1B next year and if Republicans come to power, then we might certainly see some changes in the H1B processing which we can’t really comment now as we don’t know who will be the president.

Will OPT be affected in any case?

As you can see their official immigration reform hasn’t stated anything on OPT, but one of the bills proposed by Ted Cruze stated to eliminate OPT and EAD cards given to international students as it’s seen as backdoor to live in the United States. Well that being said, we haven’t heard about this in their campaigns for elections. So we can’t really comment on this.


I would conclude by saying

“Students, don’t worry who would be the American President, that’s not in your hands. Republicans are strongly towards restricting H1B visas first. We really don’t know how its going to span out. Concentrate towards getting good GRE and TOEFL Scores and get into a good University. I have never seen students so interested in foreign politics before. I totally understand what you are all going through by as I said before, nothing is in your hands. So Forget this and concentrate on your studies and applying for Universities. All the Best.”

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Hope This Post Was Useful

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Should International Students be Worried over American Presidential Elections

6 thoughts on “Should International Students be Worried over American Presidential Elections

  • April 13, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Hi, Thanks for your post. That gave us a clear idea of what’s going to happen when the government changes.
    Could you comment out what’s going to happen after completion of MS in USA and If the power is with Republicans and Donald becomes president.
    Will that be difficult to stay or get jobs at USA after MS completion?

    • May 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      even i want to know this

      • June 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        This is exactly what I would like to know too.

    • September 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      i want to know the same…plz comments

  • September 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Is vlsi a good branch to pursue masters after completing btech in eee

  • September 21, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks very much Shrinivas!

    Your blog is both helpful and insightful regarding higher education in the US especially for international students.

    Keep up the great work!

    Love from China


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