Visas by the numbers
About 13,000 overseas-trained teachers worked in the U.S. on H-1B and J-1 visas in 2012, down from a peak of nearly 20,000 in 2009, according to a report from Education International, a federation of worldwide teachers unions.
While the Trump Administration considers limiting the H-1B program, educators make up a small percentage of workers coming to the U.S. on H-1B visas, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 2015, applications from education employers to hire H-1B workers accounted for less than 3 percent of all the positions certified. And of those, only about 18 percent came from elementary and secondary schools, with most coming from higher education.
Abby Spegman is a freelance writer based in Washington.