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US Visa Strongly Supports Science and Tech MBAs

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US Visa Strongly Supports Science and Tech MBAsA regular MBA from an American business school could not have been the best qualification to allow Harleen Kaur Bhomrah to fulfill her dream of building a career in the US.

Despite, the recruitment head turned his mind when Ms. Bhomrah, who is Indian, told that the MBA she had finished with the STEM, designation, providing her a further 02 years on her post-study work visa.

 

Benefits of Having MBA with STEM Designation for US Work Visa

In the USA, STEM has an extra benefit regarding the doors it unlocks for work visas. It is essential for American business schools, which are battling to invert a drop in international applicants, due in part to the opinion that the US has become less welcoming to immigrants.

Non-US students finishing from these programs can then appeal for a 24-month voluntary practical training, or OPT, an extension to the one-year work visa that is default available following graduation.

Wisconsin converted the first US business school to allow an MBA with Stem designation in 2016, and it has had a good effect on demand. Appeals to the school’s different MBA programmes dropped 13 percent last year, but these to the degree course which is STEM-designated dropped only 7 percent.

The University of Rochester’s Simon Business School in New York has run more than either Wisconsin or Fuqua and this year obtained permission for all of its full-time programmes of MBA to be STEM designated.

Chioma Isiadinso, chief executive and co-founder of the admissions agency Expartus, observes that several prospective MBA students are moving to the US from abroad to express a benefit in courses that incorporate an element of technology education on the curriculum, especially data analytics.

The STEM is a factor, Ms. Isiadinso states. But our customers are still more concentrated on targeting schools that are top-ranked and have outstanding career statistics for the areas they wish to proceed.

USA: Senators seek Employment Authorization for women on H-4 Visas

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USA: Senators demand Employment Authorization for women on H-4 Visas

Two Democratic senators have urged the Trump administration against going ahead with the revocation decision regarding authorization to immigrants on H-4 visas. Majority of these are Indian-Americans, and this act would have a great impact on 100,000 women. Senators Kamala Harris (California) and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York) have sent letters on this issue to Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Secretary and L.Francis Cissna USCIS Director. Moreover, the administration is seeking a review of the H-1B Visa Policy, which is not used by companies properly. It is replacing American workers.

Features and effects of these developments

USCIS issues H-4 visas to spouse, children below 21 years and to the family members of the holder of H-1B visa. Also this category is greatly popular among Indian IT professionals. The letter furthermore, follows a statement of the Department of Homeland Security to the US Court. It mentions that it is seeking revocation of Employment Authorization, of H-4 visa holders. The notification in this matter will be issued in within three months. The Government has publicly said and has recorded a statement in the court that it wishes to revoke Work Permits to H-4 visa holders.

Indian women are major beneficiaries of this rule set out by President Obama. Withdrawing this H-4 rule will cause great personal hardship to women. Additionally this will lead to abandonment of their professional careers.

Unhealthy results will happen

Moreover, when the women do not get employment opportunities, the result is negative, in a big way. The likely scenario is the prevalence of depression and isolation, anxiety, guilt, and loss of self-worth. In future the wife and her children will entirely depend on the income of spouse. Moreover, the isolation and financial dependence will make it tough to leave an abusive relationship.

Furthermore, asserting the principles and values of independence and equal opportunity, they said that an action of such spousal deprivation, to continue to pursue a professional career, is opposed to the basic principles of this country.

Moreover, there are great economic, personal and psychological harms of this proposed rescinding of the H-4 rule. These need reconsideration in the interest of 100,000 professional women, and their families.

Huge Effects of rescinding the visa

Kamala Harris is the first American Senator, of Indian-origin and an active senator. Furthermore, Gillibrand added that this measure would target South Asian women disproportionately.

In 2017, 94 percent of H-4 visa holders having a work authorization were women. 93 percent were Indians.
Presently, there is a cap where not more than seven percent of 375,000, family/employment-based Green Cards, that are issued every year, go to nationals of one country.

Today, 306,000 Indian and 67,000 Chinese applicants are in line for receiving the green card. The backlog has resulted in a waiting time of 12 – 150 years to get a green card. H-1B families live in high cost areas, where two incomes is a necessity. Rescinding this H-4 rule will also reinforce a stereotype that women are not capable to belong to the workplace.

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