ORISE monitors how well the United States attracts and retains foreign scientists and engineers

The Stay Rates of Foreign Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities study estimates the stay rate of foreign nationals who receive doctorates in science and engineering from U.S. universities. Stay rates presented in this study are as of 2013. Data from 2017 have been recently released in the Science and Engineering Indicators 2020: Science and Engineering Labor Force, published by the National Science Board. Additional data from 2015 are available in the 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators, also published by the National Science Board. See Chapter 3: Science and Engineering Labor ForceImmigration and the S&E Workforce—New Foreign-Born WorkersLong-term Stay Rates for U.S. S&E Doctorate Recipients.

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*This work was performed for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Foreign students from nearly all countries come to the United States to pursue PhDs in science and engineering fields. How many of them stay in the U.S. after they receive their PhD degree and how long do they stay? Do the answers to these questions vary by the country they came from or by their degree field? Have the answers to these questions changed over time? To conduct a more thorough analysis, view the infographic below.

View the Stay Rates infographic.