Nearly four in 10 US colleges have seen drops in applications from international students following Trump’s campaign rhetoric about travel bans, according to a report by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
The report also says 39% of universities responding to the survey reported declines in undergraduate applications from China, and 32% reported declines in Chinese graduate applications. As for India, 26% reported declines in undergraduate applications from the country, and 15% reported declines in graduate applications.
Many students struggling to secure visa extensions or land a graduate job in the United States are now turning to Canada, the report says.
Last year saw a 28% jump in the number of Indian students arriving on Canadian campuses. This increase was followed by Nigerians at 20% and Chinese student applications increasing by 11%.
Canada’s visa system allows graduate students to remain and work for up to three years whether or not they have a job at that time. The H-1B work visa in the US lasts for three years but must be sponsored by an employer.