Volume 34
Issue 1
Spring '20

The Department of Homeland Security and the Confusing State of Prospective U.S. Employment for Foreign Nationals Seeking Advanced Degrees

Written By: Clayton Laing

Abstract

The United States has historically been the country of choice for the largest number of international students, hosting close to 1.1 million of the 4.6 mil-lion international students enrolled worldwide in 2017.1 In 2017, about two thirds of all international students received most of their educational funding from sources outside the United States and contributed nearly $37 billion to the U.S. economy and created or supported more than 450,000 jobs.2 The number of international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has grown since the 1950s, when there were approximately 26,000 foreign students enrolled; however, it began to drop again for the first time in recent years in the fall of 2016.3

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