Foreign born students greatly benefit the U.S. in a variety of ways. Whether you are examining their direct contributions to the U.S. economy or their potential to contribute to the U.S. workforce as highly skilled workers, the benefits of foreign born students simply cannot be ignored. To better understand why we should encourage international students to pursue their studies in the U.S. – here are four interesting facts on international students taken from information data gathered from 2001 – 2012 by the Brookings Institute.
F-1 Student Visas Are on the Rise
Between 2001 and 2012, the number of foreign born students pursuing their education by maintaining an F-1 student visa increased significantly by 20% or, from 100,000 to 524,00 (approx.). The most widely represented demographic within this increase include students from emerging economies such as China and Saudi Arabia.
Billions Contributed to U.S. Economy
According to the information gleaned from the data, foreign born students were primarily located in metropolitan areas. From 2008-2012 over 70% of international students were located between 118 metro hubs. Why is this information so significant? This city-based population of international students contributed a whopping $21.8 billion in tuition alone. These students increased combined metropolitan economies separately through $12 billion in other spending.
Representing Emerging Markets
The majority of foreign students originally come from growing and emerging markets. The top five cities represented between 2008 and 2012 are Seoul, Beijing, Hyderabad, Shanghai and Riyadeh. The connection between the U.S. and emerging markets is strengthened due to the significant investment international students make in pursuing higher education in the U.S.
International STEM Students
Over two-thirds of foreign born students pursue a degree in STEM and business fields. Degrees that fall into the STEM category include studies in science, technology, engineering, math, business and other related fields. The current and future U.S. workforce needs professionals who are equipped with skills gained from an education focusing on a STEM degree. To understand this issue better, read our article Helping the U.S. Retain Foreign Born STEM Students.
We Take Pride in Assisting Foreign Born Students
Pride Immigration Law Firm PLLC has always advocated for foreign born students through our articles to the public and the services we provide to foreign born students. Over the years, we have had the privilege of assisting international students from around the globe reach their goals. Our comprehensive student visa services and ability to help young academics plan for participation in the OPT employment program or future pursuit of an H-1B visa have been proven to have success. Contact us directly or send us a message online to learn how we can benefit you.
Beeraj Patel, Esq.
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