H1B Visa: Policy changes will be positive news for Indians, says US professor Roger Brindley
Monday, February 11, 2019
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Indians worried about H1B visa can take a sigh of relief, as upcoming changes related to visa policy appear to be positive in nature, said Roger Brindley, vice president, University of South Florida (USF).
Referring to President Donald Trump’s tweet in January 2019, he emphasised that all the indications suggested that the H1B situation is becoming favourable for Indians studying and staying back in the US.
Brindley was in India to attend high-level education meetings initiated by the Indian government to explore partnerships between the US universities and Indian state universities. USF is one of the ten American universities, selected to work with top state universities in India to develop the next generation of innovative entrepreneurship programmes. These programmes will be funded by the Government of India.
“It is an unsubstantiated perception that the United States may not welcome Indian students. Infact, US embassy and consulates in India are working hard to reassure prospective students,” he said.
“Indian students are still welcomed and continue to strengthen their career readiness and aspirations by attending globally focused universities in the US. Government policies have not disturbed this,” he said.
America is facing shortage of highly skilled workers in the rapidly innovating world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), business analytics, big data and medicine. “These are precisely the areas where many Indian students are seeking career advancement. The opportunity for the Indian students to accept up to three years Optional Practical Training (OPT) in STEM areas in the US after graduation is unparalleled and many of those jobs will lead to H1B opportunities,” added Brindley.
Talking about political scenario for Indian students, he says that Indian diaspora is an essential and highly integrated part of the US society. It contains remarkable leaders and has positively affected communities from coast to coast. “Indian students studying in the United States are outgoing and committed to being part of a broader society,” said Brindley who holds a dual UK-US citizenship. “I can only speak for my community but I believe this is true across the country – Indian students are warmly welcomed in the multicultural cities of Tampa Bay. As a foreigner, I would assert that the values of America make for a very positive experience for Indian students,” he said.