Foreign Students

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration has led to many foreign students in the country considering their options outside the U.S. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images photo)

NEW YORK — A second executive order by President Donald Trump on immigration has prompted foreign students and researchers, including those from India, to look elsewhere for educational, training and job opportunities, according to a report.

In January, Trump's initial executive order took effect barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — from entering the U.S. for 90 days. However, a federal judge issued a stay on that executive order.

But on March 6, Trump signed a second executive order, where Iraq was excluded from the list.

However, this revised executive order was again halted by a federal judge in Hawaii March 15 citing that the order was meant to discriminate against Muslims, the Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration, in addition, had ordered suspension of expedited processing of H-1B visas for up to six months.

As a result, students from the listed countries, as well as those from India, are seriously considering leaving the U.S. for their education and career, to countries that have a more welcoming immigration policy, said the report published in the Chemical & Engineering News, a weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

“I'm questioning staying in America, and I have already started looking through documents for Canada. I will go to a country where I have to worry less about my life,” Saghi Saghazadeh, an Iranian post-doctoral student at Harvard Medical School, was quoted as saying to C&EN.

Professors have said they are worried about the executive order and its impact on U.S. competitiveness in science and engineering, as “science and engineering graduate school programs across the U.S. rely heavily on an international pool of students,” said Linda Wang, senior editor at C&EN.

According to a survey by the National Science Foundation, 45 percent of full-time graduate students in science and engineering were on a temporary visa in 2015.

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