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H1B Visa Changes Give Priority To MBA And Master’s Students

New H1B visa rules increase the odds of an MBA candidate being granted a US work visa by over 10%

By  Seb Murray

Tue Jul 2 2019

Like many overseas students at US business schools, securing US work authorization was a top priority for Adrian Dobles, a Latino (pictured). 

“For a better life sure, but also as a means to settle that heavy student debt,” says the MBA candidate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where tuition fees are over $100,000.


His return on investment on the degree has looked more attractive in recent months, thanks to changes to US immigration rules that make graduate students more likely than undergraduates to secure a H-1B visa—a new scheme for highly-skilled migrants which started on April 1st 2019.

New H1B visa rules benefit MBA and master’s grads

There are 85,000 new H-1B visas made available each fiscal year to employers who ‘sponsor’ a worker by filing their application. This number includes 65,000 visas for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree, and 20,000 visas for master’s degree holders.

The change reversed the order in which H1-B petitions are assessed. Applications from...

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