"Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Random Expat Country Selection"
When job seekers consider the idea of an Expat assignment, often, the choice of host country, is as random, as a game of Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey. A country may be targeted during a job search, without a real understanding of what this implies. Sometimes, the choice of country is based on a romantic notion, something from the movies, or liking a certain country's cuisine - I kid you not.
The choice should be based on a candidates personal, cultural and linguisic fit.
“American Brain Drain = Global Gain: International MBA students in the USA”
According to the New York Times: "the United States will struggle to compete, if it cannot more easily hire foreign-born professionals." Currently, there is a well-known candidate shortage which is apparent across a broad range of business specialties. A recent Kauffman Foundation study, found that America is experiencing a brain drain of talented foreign-born entrepreneurs. Many, graduate from a U.S. university and then return to their home countries due to H1B visa challenges. Most entrepreneurs surveyed said their home countries offered better opportunities to start their own businesses. This is a real brain drain of talent.
The current legal quota for H1B Visas allows for 65,000 general approvals and 20,000 approvals for foreign nationals holding a master's degree or higher in specialty occupations. However, last year, in the USA, 163,000 people applied for H1B visas.