Where do foreign student graduates work in the United States?
Explore the movement of international graduates in the 61 metro areas where at least 5,000 foreign graduates applied and were approved for OPT.
Foreign students who stayed and worked in the U.S. under OPT after graduation by metro area, 2004-2016
Details on the 113 metro areas that had 2,000 or more foreign students approved for the U.S. government’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) program from 2004 to 2016.
Number of Foreign College Students Staying and Working in U.S. After Graduation Surges
The federal Optional Practical Training program saw a 400% increase in foreign students graduating and working in STEM fields between 2008 and 2016.
Sub-Saharan African Immigrants in the U.S. Are Often More Educated Than Those in Top European Destinations
Sub-Saharan immigrants in the United States are also more highly educated than the U.S. native born population.