Technically yes I am in academia, but maybe not in the way you assume...I am finishing my Ph.D. soon and hopefully getting pretty far away from academia as soon as I can. I've been working in industry along the way whenever I've had the chance. Its been a long haul, and I've gained a wife and three little ones along the way :)
The Chinese students pay full ride undergrad...
We are in full agreement on Chinese students...the universities go after them because they pay more, and they are notorious for cheating and acting like a mafia to do it (distributing answers, helping each other, etc.).
From what you say, because foreign students need longer to finish dissertation and publishing, they should be entitled to stay longer through VISA extensions?
I think maybe you misunderstood me. Student visas (F1) grant status for the duration of your program, so as long as you are enrolled full time in an accredited program, you may remain on F1...of course you can't work outside the university etc. So, as long as a Ph.D. student manages to secure funding, they can stay.
My other comment was in the context of H1B...another poster asked why highly qualified people with Ph.Ds cannot use another immigration vector if they are so qualified. I said that such a thing exists in the form of "alien with extraordinary ability" status, but that practically it requires a ton of publications and a level of academic standing that is very hard to attain JUST during your Ph.D. study tenure...this is where H1B comes in for these people.
He sucked it up and graduated in 4 years because that is what he needed to do...I think foreign students should have to do the same...
Fully agree. I also had a limited term scholarship for undergrad and busted my ass to complete my BS on time...see my previous point, I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying about time to attain certain academic standing.
Thanks for taking the time to reply, and best wishes.