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This page will be regularly updated when there are issues for which EnglishUSA is advocating.  We encourage members to use these resources to TAKE ACTION as international education professionals and voting constituents.  


Administration plans time limit for int'l student visas (released October 17, 2018)


FROM NAFSA Regulatory Team:


As you may have heard, an alarming notice came out today from the U.S. Administration about regulatory changes proposed for the coming year. The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is developing a proposed rule that would fundamentally change the way students and scholars are admitted to the United States, by replacing the policy in place for decades of the duration of status (D/S) admission period with "a maximum period of authorized stay, and options for extensions, for each applicable visa category."


According to the description in the Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda that was published on October 17, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has set a Fall 2019 target date for publishing a proposed rule that solicits public comment, and so we have time to advocate against it. If finalized, it would have a significantly damaging effect on students, scholars, our institutions, and our communities. The rationale for this proposed change is based on inaccurate DHS statistics that exaggerate the number of international students who overstay their visas. At a time when the United States risks losing ground in a global competition for talent, a change of this magnitude would create uncertainty for students and scholars about whether they would be able to complete their programs in the United States, subject students to inadvertently accruing unlawful presence, and add significant unnecessary burdens on USCIS and higher education institutions, all with no added security benefit.




In response, NAFSA is actively mobilizing to engage our allies on the Hill and in the higher education, business, foreign policy, and immigration communities to oppose this proposed change. As advocates, you can help!


We will be in touch through Connecting Our World with updates and will organize a conference call in the coming weeks to discuss how this will impact our field and how you can help defeat this proposal. Be sure you are signed up for action alerts at and add to your contacts to avoid our messages getting trapped in your spam folder.


Also, NAFSA's regulatory practice team is monitoring the issue closely and will notify members through when more information is available about this and other proposed changes.


STEPS: Submitting comments and/or writing letters to Members of Congress

  1. Cut and paste any or all of the talking points above 
  2. Customize the information with data about your own state, student stories, program successes, community impact, etc.  More resources and sample handouts on the Advocacy Resources page.
  3. Obtain email addresses for your Members of Congress


STEPS: Setting up visit to Members of Congress (locally or in DC)

  1. Review NAFSA's Scheduling a Meeting with a Member of Congress Toolkit and make an appointment to meet with him/her.  It may be possible to find the name of your MOCs dedicated scheduler on this site
  2. Make an appointment to meet with him/her in person
  3. Prepare a talking points handout with the information above (see sample docs below from GA and MA) that you can leave with the MOS or staffer
  4. Use the helpful hints from the updated EnglishUSA webinar: Advocacy 101: Prepping for Local and National Visits to prepare for your visit


Sample Documents to Customize for your Visits (insert recent talking points)

One-pager: Sample document with state data (MA) from NAFSA Economic Tool

One-pager: Sample document with state data (GA) from NAFSA Economic Tool



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