For generations, international students pursuing their studies in the United States have been permitted to remain in the country for the duration of their studies. This helps to guarantee that they are able to complete their degrees before having to depart the country. But under a new proposal put forward on September 25 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), international students and exchange visitors would be limited to visas for as little as two years. The rule would also impose collective punishment on students from nearly 60 countries, most of which are African nations.
What changes would the proposed rule make for international students?
The proposed student visa rule would eliminate “duration of status” periods of admission for international students, as well as exchange visitors and members of the international media. While students and exchange visitors could receive visas granting a period of admission lasting between two to four years, foreign journalists would be limited to periods of admission lasting at most 240 days.
Posted in: Immigration
posted on: October 9, 2020