In the wake of the U.S. presidential election and with the fall school semester soon coming to an end, Vault reached out to international student career advisor Marcelo Barros (whom we spoke with last spring) to get a feel for the current job prospects for international students at business schools across the country, as well as an understanding for how a Trump presidency might affect the government’s H-1B visa program. Below is an excerpt from that conversation.
VAULT: Let’s start with the big news that caught most of the world by surprise. What do you think the impact of a Trump presidency will have on international students at U.S. universities?
BARROS: International students are understandably anxious, but the real impact is unknown. Trump’s message was not an inclusive one, and it made many immigrants like me uncomfortable. But the reality is nobody knows what’s going to happen. I don’t suspect U.S. business schools will see a decrease in interest from prospective international student applicants going forward. In my opinion, with or without Trump, the American dream is still alive, and the U.S. will continue to be the premier choice for the majority of international students who want to obtain an international college degree.