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Retention of International Students Postgraduation

The United States is behind other countries in permitting international students to find jobs after graduation and put their talents to work in the country that educated them. Policymakers in many nations believe that after educating international students, giving them the opportunity to remain and build careers makes sense. Governments in many advanced economies permit international students a period of time after graduation to find employment and make obtaining a work permit easier.

About the Report

Business Roundtable selected the evaluated countries based on five criteria:

  1. Worldwide university rankings;
  2. Per-capita income;
  3. Gross domestic product growth rate;
  4. Net migration rate; and
  5. Research and development investment.

After comparing each advanced economy relative to the five criteria, the top 10 countries (including the United States) were selected for the study: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Not coincidentally, these are the countries with which the United States competes most for foreign talent, particularly in science and technology fields.