International Students

Michigan has nearly 27,000 international students studying at its colleges and universities. International students contribute more than $800 million annually to our local economies, effectively making higher education one of the state’s larger exports.

Global Detroit is in the business of helping international students establish careers in Michigan long after graduation. To this end, Global Detroit helped launch the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI), the first and only international student retention program in the U.S.

Here’s what GTRI is doing to help international students:

A searchable registry of international students who are interested in obtaining internships and/or jobs in Michigan called the Global Opportunity Registry, or GOregistry is currently accepting student registrations. GOregistry allows international students to create a profile which includes basic information regarding area of study, degree level and graduation dates. The ability to upload a resume and other advanced functionality is coming soon. Employers will be able to search the database to find qualified candidates for internship or job opportunities in the coming months.

Career Development Conferences
GTRI coordinates career development conferences for international students. Conferences provide specialized sessions to help prepare international students for a U.S. job search, connect students with employers in Michigan, and inform students about the Michigan advantage. Click here to learn more about the Michigan Global Future Conferences.

Resume and Interview Guide for International Students
GTRI developed a guide to help international students navigate cultural differences in resume format and interviewing techniques. Click here to read the guide.

Understanding International Student Work Authorizations (CPT/OPT/AT)
GTRI has developed an easy-to-use guide to understanding the opportunities to work in the U.S. under an international student’s foreign student visa. While work authorization for long-term careers still can be challenging, existing U.S. law entitles the vast majority of international students to work for a year in the U.S. after graduation and up to 29 months for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students.

Employer Sponsored Work Authorizations (H-1B non-immigrant visa process)
GTRI has developed materials to help Michigan employers demystify federal immigration laws governing the hiring of skilled international talent.

Employer-Sponsored Permanent Residence (PERM)
GTRI has worked with Miller Canfield, a local law firm, to outline the employment-based green card process when employment-based permanent resident (PERM) labor certification is required.

Helpful Hints on Interviewing, Discussing Immigration Status, and Other Challenges
GTRI has assembled a variety of tools to assist international students in their job search and interactions with Michigan employers. Included in these helpful tools are interview and resume tips, advice about how to discuss your immigration status, and a host of other practical advice.