In more depressing news… 🙁 The administration extended its block of immigrant visas for skilled workers on H1-B, the program under which most international grads are able to stay in the U.S. after they finish school. Apparently if you’re already in the U.S. on such a visa, you’re not impacted, but they’re essentially putting a halt to the entire visa system for many categories of working (excluding food service and healthcare, since Americans don’t like working low-wage jobs and we import our labor for that). It’s really hard to tell if this means that just-graduated Class of 2021 folks will be SOL for securing their visa if they were recently hired to start that process. If the grads took advantage of one of the newer STEM designated programs, then maybe that lets them stay? It’s so hard to know what’s going on with these things.
As far as we can tell, this new order does not affect student visas, though those are also massively delayed due to the ordered closures of embassies and slowdowns. Ross just last week announced that they are offering deferrals to their international admits to the Class of 2022 because of these major problems with getting the students here. Does this mean that as an international applicant, you shouldn’t apply this year? No, not at all — if getting an MBA fits in with your plans right now, then go full speed ahead. We’re seeing tremendous interest in the MBA from BSers in all parts of the world, and we’re betting that demand will be high — and that schools will be admitting plenty. It’s a strange time though so we will continue monitoring the situation for all of you and will report back again when we have more clarity or further insights to share.
And now, since we’re really truly trying to get this blahg back on the MBA admissions content track, let’s talk about what you should be focusing on today if you’re planning for applying this year!!
You’re trying to figure out what schools to apply to. A crucial part of your school research process is talking to students. Even though you probably won’t be traveling to campus to sit in on classes and talking to folks in person right now, there will still be plenty of opportunities to interact with actual students at the schools you’re targeting. The schools are looking for forums to make students available in Zooms, and many students will jump at the chance to talk to prospective students about their program by phone.
You’ll want to talk to them in-depth about their experiences (Pro Tip: Just not about your apps!). Do this with as many students as you can, at all the schools that you’re interested in.
But! Warning! This is a one-dimensional source of information!
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Coronavirus has changed plenty of things, but it hasn’t changed the need to find out about the schools you want to go to, in order to really understand why you would want to go there.