73% says “No H-1B? I’m Not Going to Study in the US”

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 1 Comment

Three weeks back, we started a poll to find out if prospective international students will be willing to go to the United States to attend colleges and universities if H-1B visa will not be available after they graduate.

Essentially, they will not be able to work after graduation for more than the allowed 12 + 17 month OPT period.

A whopping 73% of respondents are not willing to come to the U.S. for education if an H-1B visa is not available for them.

Poll Results


A total of 531 votes were received and 390 of them are not interested to go to the U.S. if they can’t work in America after graduation.

This result opens up lots of questions if the H-1B Cap for some reason was reduced or the chances of getting an H-1B visa is lower (if there were to be lotteries).

Impact of 73% decrease in International Students in US

If the above results hold to be true, then the impact on U.S. universities will be huge and far-reaching.

Schools like USC and UT Austin host the most number of international students and most of them are paying out of State tuition fees.

  • 73% of revenues from international students will decline
  • A number of professors might be laid off
  • The number of research done will decrease drastically
  • The number of patents submitted will decrease
  • Impact on economy surrounding the schools will be dramatic.
  • More businesses in university towns will have to close
  • Apartments surrounding the schools will be empty
  • 73% decrease in students traveling via airlines going to the US
  • Less students taking GRE, GMAT Exams

We can keep adding on the impact on society and economy surrounding the university/college areas. There are many universities where their graduate school hosts the majority of international students.

The impact on such schools will be more significant compared to large schools that have a good balance between the international and domestic student populations.

Overall, the impact on the U.S. economy will be huge and it will be harder for the U.S. to compete in science and technology fields against other countries.

This 73% decrease will make students explore higher education opportunities in other countries like Australia, UK, Germany, etc.


  1. Of course only 500,000 international students are there in the US. Not all of them want to work for the profit sector – some plan on working for universities where visas are not limited, others would get green cards and the rest could get H1b Visas or get married or even go back to their home countries and live the american dream there.

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