New Visa Regulations Affect US Universities And International Students

Immigration advocates such as the Las Vegas Immigration Attorney are expecting institutions of higher or advanced education will be at the foreground of deliberations in the US immigration policy in 2019.

From the ambiguity surrounding the program on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to the newly planned revisions by the Trump administration for student visas as well as programs on work authorization, educationalists expressed their worries and apprehensions on how the updated immigration policy will eventually impact and affect immigrant students at universities in the United States.

Concerns To Watch Out For According To Higher Education Heads

DACA Program

In relation to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the courts and Congress are to be watched since the future of the DACA program relies on a decision by the Supreme Court or by the congressional legislation.

The program which was formed by the administration of Obama, offers security from deportation and work authorization for youth who as children were illegally brought to the US. The Trump administration publicized in September 2017 that it would bring the program to an end; nonetheless numerous lawsuits have carried it on through injunctions. Federal judges in New York, Washington, DC and California released separate injunctions that compelled the US government to continue the program.

DACA renewals are presently permitted, however there are no new applications being processed. About 40% of the estimated 700,000 individuals with DACA status are students.

Changes In Visa Rule For Foreign And International Students

Comparable to 2017, universities in the United States in 2018 experienced a downward slope in new enrolment for international students. According to educators the new regulations for student visas and proposed restrictions to visa for foreign worker could be a factor to a continuous drop this 2019.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services in the previous summer declared changes to how it considers “unlawful presence,” or when an individual isn’t permitted to be in US territory for F, J and M non-immigrant visas where international students usually hold these types of visas.

Numerous US universities signed a legal paper identified as an amicus brief in favor of a court case against the US Department of Homeland Security appealing for a momentary hold on the changes.