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US Elections Result-Should you really draw curtains on your dreams?

Imperial Overseas (Hiren Rathod)
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The process of applying for a master’s degree in US is a daunting task. Thousands of students who are aspiring to seek admission in prestigious universities across the landscape of US are donning multiple hats at this juncture and are walking a tight rope walk. I know for a fact that you all are simultaneously taking care of the application process, academic documents, financial arrangement, and university and course research along with either completing your bachelor’s degree program or full time jobs. While you all are investing your life, blood and soul to do this balancing act with a singular purpose of a better academic and professional prospect in the United States of America, the election results of 2016 culminating into the victory of Donald Trump appears to have pulled the carpet off your feet. In the middle of your stressful application process, this election has created numerous doubts and has made the student community question the rationale behind their aspiration. While I completely understand and appreciate that this is one of the most important decision of your life, I have a humble request for you all. The humble request is as follows:


A lot of students are panicking on account of the wrongful presumption that they will be kicked out the moment they are done with their masters. They have formed this opinion on account of the headlines that the read in the newspapers and the limited understanding of the laws governing immigration in the United States of America vis-à-vis the proposed policies of the President Elect Mr. Donald Trump. Before you jump to any conclusion, you should know what President Elect Mr. Donald Trump really said about the Indian students. In an interview to Fox News as quoted in Indian Express Edition of March 15, 2016, Donald Trump set his records straight on the Indian students in the following words:

“Indians studying in American educational institutions should not be kicked out as the country needs smart people like them,

“Whether we like that or not, they pay, et cetera, et cetera but we educate a lot of people, very smart people. We need those people in the country,”

“They cannot come into the country. You know, they go to Harvard, they are first in their class and they’re from India they go back to India and they setup companies and they make a fortune and they employ lots of people and all of that,”

“Many people want to stay in this country and then want to do that. I think somebody that goes through years of college in this country we shouldn’t kick them out the day they graduate, which we do,”

It is imperative to note that Trump said the above while clarifying his position on certain aspect of H-1B visas. This gives me reasonable grounds to believe that the Indian students pursue their education in US through a proper channel have nothing to worry about. The route of H-1B visa will be available to those students who graduate from the US University. It is critical to note that Donald Trump is not against immigrants per se.

While he is certainly advocating strict immigration rule, he is not against Indian students pursuing masters in the US or working on H-1B visa post the completion of the masters. It is vital to note that the tough immigration laws will impact undocumented immigrants who try entering into the US through illegal route. It will not impact those students who validly enter US for pursuing their education and subsequently work on H-1B visas on account of the high level skills. Trump is clearly against the abuse of the H-1B visa process which is used for projects and/or inter-company transfers for low skills entry level jobs.

As can be inferred from his statements in Fox News, he is not against H-1B visa per se but is against the abuse of it. To this end it is imperative to note that pursing Bachelors or Masters or a Ph.D. Degree in the US and subsequently working on H-IB visa for performing high skill jobs DOES NOT amount to abuse of the H-1B visa process.

I therefore request all the students who are harbouring the dreams of pursuing their studies abroad to stop panicking and single mindedly focus on your dreams and aspirations of pursuing studies abroad.

Hiren Rathod.
Senior Counsellor,
Imperial Overseas Educational Consultants.



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