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Trump's Visa Policy Closes Doors In US, IITians Turn To Japan, Singapore, EU

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| September 17 , 2017 , 15:04 IST

Once upon a time, or at least before US President Donald Trump, the first dream destination of freshly passed out graduates of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) was the United States, and IITians would promptly bag crore-plus offers directly from campus placements.

However, since President Trump's crackdown on visas offered to foreign nationals, especially H1B working visas, IITians have had to adjust their dreams. With the petering out of US offers, students seeking international job opportunities are looking towards other countries, such as Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Singapore and European nations.

Since the crackdown on US visas, the number of offers from US firms at the IITs has dropped to single digits, while firms already having issued offers are still trying to bring in the graduates to the US.

Faced with the visa difficulty in the US, Microsoft is transferring its hired candidates to its Canada branch.

"The students are looking forward to joining the Canadian office soon. Though the packages are not the same, most organizations have a good reputation. And they promise to move students to US locations after they complete a year or two, when they manage the visas," an IIT-Bombay graduate said.

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"Students are always keen on US jobs, but many prefer to work for a year or two and then pursue higher studies. If it takes more than a year just to get US visas, the job location is of little consequence. Such students would rather choose better domestic opportunities. Getting student visas is easier than getting H-1B visas now," a computer science engineering graduate was quoted as saying.

Students are being more careful about accepting job offers in the US as often the visa difficulties crop up after the offer has been extended and accepted and exploring job opportunities in other nations with more welcoming visa policies.