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Oliver wyman article and general experience about international students
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It is no secret that tech companies often provide work visa, but not so much in the other fields. I think the article is only comparing DS/SWE vs actuarial science.

The article implies that AS is getting less popularity by showing how less candidates are taking Exam P/FM over time. It can also be compounded by the fact that insurance companies rarely provide visas. It does not surprise me since SOA has decided to water down their exams to attract students, so this article is just backing up the trend we are seeing - SOA is losing candidates over time, a recent surge in DS talk, etc.
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thats for almost every field due to the visa issues. The H1-B and even the F-1 OPT is a gamble the insurance company takes with every foreign hire. Unfortunately the H1-B is not going to get any easier and its pretty apparent that neither party is willing to reform it
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As another commenter said, this isn’t unique to insurance and actuarial. This is true for the vast majority of fields outside of tech and maybe medicine
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This is just my personal experience. Close to 2 decades ago I struggled to convert my work permit in either UK or USA  to a permanent residency. Back then the main issue (for me) was actuarial fellowship was seen as less than a master's degree at the immigration offices. There were also issues regarding my country of origin.

For me, the major issue was I couldn't get a long term loan to buy a house while I only had temporary permission to live in a country. I eventually did a PhD and moved into a quants role. I only came back to actuarial in a leadership role after my employer bought an insurance group.

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