Oct 31, 2018 - Politics & Policy

DHS data shows half of foreign graduates choose to stay in U.S. for employment

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Recent Department of Homeland Security records show that 433,556 foreign graduates were approved for temporary jobs in their academic field in the U.S. after finishing school in 2017, per The Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: More students from outside the U.S. are choosing to stay in the country for jobs as software engineers and other highly-skilled roles that Americans aren't studying for, under the federal work-authorization program, per the data.

Between the lines: Universities and companies will likely be affected by this year’s drop in the foreign-student enrollment U.S. colleges and universities have been experiencing, the report says.

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