The Long-Term Stay Rates of International STEM PhD Graduates

Jack Corrigan

James Dunham

Remco Zwetsloot

April 2022

This issue brief uses data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Doctorate Recipients to explore how many of the international students who earn STEM PhDs from U.S. universities stay in the country after graduation. The authors trace the journeys that these graduates take through the immigration system and find that most remain in the United States long after earning their degrees.

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