Monday, March 2, 2015

USCIS Authorizes H1-B Visa Holders’ Spouses to Work

By Sangeetha Shanmugham
World Education Services

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last week that, effective May 26, 2015, it will begin accepting applications for work authorization for H-4 spouses of two groups of H-1B nonimmigrant workers: those who have an approved I-140 immigrant petition, and those approved for H-1B status beyond the normal six-year maximum under the "AC21" act.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which houses USCIS, announced in a statement that H-4 dependent spouses will be eligible to apply for work authorization if they are married to H-1B nonimmigrants who:

- are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker), 
- are in extended H-1B status under section 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21).

Friday, February 27, 2015

4 Under-the-Radar Factors for International Students to Consider When Shortlisting Schools

By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services

With over 4,000 colleges and universities to choose from, finding an American school that’s right for you can be a daunting process. Most students look at rankings, tuition, and funding and scholarship opportunities. But it’s also important for international students to consider these four factors when shortlisting schools:

1. Academic flexibility: The U.S. has the world’s finest programs in virtually all fields, both at an undergraduate and graduate level. While many programs have highly structured coursework requirements, students should inquire more about the variety of course choices and flexibility options.

2. Campus infrastructure and student services: Steering your way through day-to-day issues in a new country can be a challenge. We get it! Most colleges and universities have a designated office to assist international students and provide them with a wide range of services. It’s a good idea to do some research on the existing student organizations to enhance your student life experience.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Top 10 Schools: Where Are All the International Students Studying in the U.S.?

By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services

According to the latest Open Doors data report, a total of 886,052 international students studied in the U.S. in 2013-2014. The number of international students studying in the U.S. grew by 8 percent over the last year and is now at a record high.

So where are all the international students studying?

Monday, February 23, 2015

The New Indian International Student

By Brendan Twist

World Education Services

An emerging Indian student segment – academically prepared and financially independent – is reshaping the notion of Indian international students as STEM-focused value seekers.

In a new Mobility Monitor article published in WES’ World Education News & Reviews, Dr. Rahul Choudaha describes this student segment as a product of the economic growth seen in India in recent decades.

“The economic liberalization and growth of new sectors like the IT services industry during the 1990s has created a new class of well-compensated white collar professionals,” writes Choudaha, chief knowledge officer and senior director of strategic development at WES. “The Highflier children of these professionals are now getting ready for college and will become the main drivers of international mobility among Indian students.”

WES’ student segmentation analysis identifies “Highfliers” as students with high financial resources and high academic preparedness, and “Strivers” as students with low financial resources and high academic preparedness.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Admissions Data: What Are the Most Popular Majors Among International Students in the U.S.?

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

When you’re picking a major for your American or Canadian study abroad degree, there are many questions you need to ask yourself. Does this major appeal to your interests? Does it lead to a solid career path? How difficult will it be to find a job in your home country with this degree? It’s a decision you have to make for yourself, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what your peers are doing. In this post, WES Student Advisor breaks down the most popular majors among international students in the U.S. and explores how country of origin affects students’ fields of study.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Undergrad Application Deadlines: Regular vs. Rolling Admission

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

When you’re applying to colleges in the U.S., you may notice that some schools have a strict application deadline, while other are marked as rolling admission. So what’s the difference?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beginning Your School Search: A Guide for International Students

By Jessica Sztaimberg
Assistant Director of International Admission, 
University of Hartford

I know you may be overwhelmed right now, deciding where you are going to apply, and not knowing if you will get accepted to the universities you choose. But congrats to you! You are taking the first step toward submitting an application to an overseas university! That deserves applause! Let’s get started by getting organized. Where should you apply? How do you apply? And what do you need to get admitted?
Where to apply? It’s important to remember that there are thousands of universities, not just the Ivy Leagues. In the U.S. alone there are over 4,000 universities! With so many options, it would be impossible for every university to offer you the exact same academic and social experience. You want to think about what university will offer you the best return on your investment. What you are looking for may be different from what your friend is looking for.

Not all universities are created equal. There are liberal arts colleges and community colleges. Some are private, some are public. Do you know these differences? Do your research. Some things for you to think about when choosing the right university: programs offered, size, location, opportunities for research, ranking and job placement.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Student Q&A: Gui Bueno, of Brazil, Studies Media Design at NYU

Gui Bueno
By Ruohan Chen
Student: New York University 

Gui Bueno, a second-semester grad student from São Paulo, Brazil, is enrolled in the digital media design for learning program at New York University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of Campinas in his native Brazil. During undergrad, he spent a semester abroad at NYU, and now he’s back in the U.S. Gui, 23, is a recipient of the prestigious Brazil Scientific Mobility scholarship. During his winter break, he met with WES Student Advisor to share his thoughts on living and studying in a new country.

WES Student Advisor: What are some differences between universities in Brazil and the U.S.?

Gui Bueno: During my entire undergraduate studies in Brazil, I only met two or three international students, whereas here international students are everywhere, especially in big cities like New York. Since this is such a diverse learning environment, sometimes it’s hard to identity who is an international student and what it means to be an international student.

Another thing is that the rules here are stricter – deadlines are deadlines. In terms of the learning style, it was a very positive change. In Brazil, I had four-hour, lecture-style courses with lots of people. That’s pretty tough. Here is completely the opposite – you probably spend an hour in class with your professors and peers, and you do a lot of work before and after the class by yourself. It’s much more productive to be in a small class for a short period of time. Although students spend a lot of time sitting in lectures in Brazil, the ironic thing is that we do not have a lot of assignments – the workload is way heavier here. You have so many projects and deadlines all time.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How Will You Fund Your American Education?

By Brendan Twist
World Education Services

A lot has changed in the world of international education over the past 10 years. The number of international students in the U.S. increased by over 50 percent to a record high of nearly 900,000. Universities like Northeastern and Arizona State emerged from nowhere to become major destinations for international education. And Chinese students, who represented one in every 10 foreign students in the U.S., now account for nearly one out of every three.

But one thing that hasn’t changed much at all is the way these students are paying for their American educations. For about two-thirds of international students, mom and dad are still footing the bill.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Obama’s Recent Visit to India May Loosen H1-B Restrictions

Sangeetha Shanmugham
World Education Services

During President Barack Obama’s recent visit to India, he assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his administration will try to deal with India’s concerns about H1-B and L1-B visa restrictions for immigrant workers and international students.
U.S. officials have since confirmed that they will consider India's concerns over the lack of available work visas as part of Obama's widespread immigration changes.

Immigration laws have been at the center of an intense discussion in the U.S. But it is the status of undocumented immigrants that has been the focus of this conversation, and not the limited supply of H1-B and other skilled worker visas. Although the U.S. government has proposed increases in the number of work visas in the past, it has yet to implement them.

WES Student Advisor reached out to Sunita Kapoor, a Texas-based attorney, to find out more about the subject. She remains hopeful that Obama’s administration will take steps to loosen the current immigration laws for students and foreign workers.

“As per my knowledge, understanding and research under the executive action, Obama has given instructions to improve immigrant visa availability for employment green card cases, improve the guidelines on L-1B and pass the regulations about H-4 work authorization and relax the policy on F-1 OPT candidates and National Interest waivers candidates to retain them in U.S.,” Kapoor said in an email.

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