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Today’s economy: high growth, high prosperity, knowledge based. Driven by a fierce competition for college graduates and advanced degree holders. To succeed, Michigan must attract and retain a strong crop of educated people. Learn how GTRI is advancing this mission in Michigan.

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Our Mission

GTRI focuses on strengthening and diversifying the state's economy through the retention of top international talent.

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Economic Development 

Through Global Talent Retention

The Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan focuses on strengthening and diversifying the state's economy through the retention of top international talent. By retaining international students, GTRI is a catalyst to lessening the skills gap in the STEM fields especially, and cultivating a climate in which Michigan businesses can be competitive in the new economy. GTRI provides international students and Michigan employers with information and training regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT) and other relevant immigration regulations, information on finding a job and working in Michigan, and help with cross-cultural issues that both employers and international applicants may experience during the hiring process.

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A List of our GOemployers with links to their websites

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Webinars for Employers regarding hiring International Talent

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Michigan's Global Future: International Student Conference Impact Reports 2013-15 Read more

International Talent Retention in Michigan: A Pathway to National Competitiveness Read more