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Top Grades and U.S. Academic Credentials Don’t Keep Talented non-residents from Returning Home.

Thousands of talented students enter the US to attend our top universities. These would be assets to our workforce but many go back to their home country, denying the US some of the top minds in the world.

(EMAILWIRE.COM, March 25, 2009 )
Thousands of people enter the United States each year on temporary education visas to earn a college degree. Many of them try to stay, but restrictive immigration policies prevent some graduates, family members, or spouses from remaining in this country. After getting their academic credentials from prestigious universities such as Stanford or Harvard, they return to their home countries.

Sometimes, the college graduate wishes to stay, but his or her spouse or significant other may have earned a degree from their home country before entering the U.S. Then, a credential evaluation service must complete an education evaluation stating whether the foreign degree is equivalent to a degree from a university in this country. Career Consulting International (CCI) offers educational credential evaluation services, and a number of similar agencies offer the same services.

Unfortunately, many people who want to immigrate to this country choose agencies that may or may not be fully familiar with complex educational evaluation. CCI often receives referrals from many people with three-year degrees who are hoping to have their degree evaluated as being equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor Degree. For this reason, Professors John Kersey and Sheila Danzigspent several years researching the complexities of demonstrating these diploma equivalencies.

CCI’s success rate with 3-year degrees is very high, with far more approvals than not. Many of the clients referred to CCI are seeking a degree equivalency after receiving an RFE or denial, and have had an educational evaluation completed by a previous agency in the past. For more information about Career Consulting International, and the agency’s credential evaluation services, or call 1-800-771-4723.

Frequently, however, graduates whose family members and significant others do have academic credentials that would allow them to obtain E3 or other work visas and remain in the United States. Despite this, many decide to return to their home countries. Many of these persons have strong family ties, and prefer to return home to marry and raise their children.

Additionally, a number of other foreign students who graduate from American colleges are being offered excellent job opportunities in their home countries. Their education and knowledge allows them to obtain high-level positions rather than the junior positions they might receive if they remained in the United States. The rising unemployment rate in the US has been breeding a “hire Americans only” attitude thus losing the people who would fill these jobs where there are no Americans with the skills to fill the jobs particularly in fields like programming. This has resulted in many technological advances in countries such as China and India.
With the current economic recession, businesses are having a difficult time justifying approaches such as offering bonuses to foreign students to immigrate to the United States and continue to work. Although they are working to find other ways to encourage students who have earned their academic credentials in the U.S. to remain in the country, some graduates continue to leave, seeking opportunities that just aren’t here right now. With the end of the recession nowhere in sight, it’s impossible to see how this will turn out.]]>

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