Division of Government and Public Affairs ♦ Telephone: 202 939 9355 ♦ FAX: 202 833 4762 May 8, 2013 The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy The Honorable Charles E. Grassley Chairman Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washing
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Immigration Reform Priorities for 2013 President Barack Obama and Members of the 113th Congress agree that the nation’s immigration system is broken and in need of reform. Thus, the Administration and Members of Congress have put forth legislative proposals to reform the nation’s immigration system. Below are key prior
Association of American Universities Statement on Creating Higher Education Opportunities for Undocumented Students Throughout our nation, thousands of young people who have come with their families to the United States from other countries, most as children, are growing up and attending school here. This is the only c
STATEMENT OF Molly Corbett Broad President American Council on Education TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION, REFUGEES AND BORDER SECURITY COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES SENATE RE: S. 952, DEVELOPMENT, RELIEF, AND EDUCATION FOR ALIEN MINORS (DREAM) ACT OF 2011 Submitted on behalf of: ACT, Inc. American Associa
Dear Secretaries Napolitano, Geithner and Clinton:
On behalf of the American Council on Education and the associations listed below, I write to request your assistance for Libyan nationals currently studying in the United States on student visas, almost all of whom are fully funded by the Libyan government as sponsored students.
We are encouraged that President Obama has asked the federal agencies to conduct this retrospective review of existing rules to assess which should be maintained, modified, strengthened or repealed to increase efficiencies and decrease burden. Research institutions seek to find a balance between achieving regulatory compliance and conducting research. We have advocated for a fundamental examination and evaluation of the current relationship between research institutions and the federal government to strengthen and, in some cases, repair the relationship to ensure increased productivity. One of the key aspects of this assessment is regulatory reform.
A group of 26 higher education associations urge Senate leaders to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act this year.
Washington, D.C. – Compete America, a coalition dedicated to ensuring that the United States has the highly educated and innovative workforce necessary to grow the economy and create American jobs – and a strong supporter of Comprehensive Immigration Reform – today issued the following statement in response to the “Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform” as released by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (DNJ).
Dear Chairmen Inouye and Obey and Ranking Members Cochran and Lewis: The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), whose combined memberships include most of the major public and private research universities in the United States, write to express our concerns about Senate Amendment 1371, an amendment to the FY2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
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As representatives of organizations of U.S. higher education, science, and engineering, we have been deeply concerned about the significant increase in delays experienced earlier this year by many international students, scholars, and scientists who have applied for visas to study, conduct research, or attend conferences in this country. Our nation's colleges and universities and scientific and technical organizations are the engines of the new knowledge, innovation, and advanced training that power the country's research enterprise and contribute greatly to economic and national security. Moreover, they are important hubs of international scientific and technical exchanges, and they play a vital role in facilitating educational and cultural interactions that help to spread our nation's values.
Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell: We, the undersigned, support an efficient, reliable, accurate electronic federal employment verification system. The current pilot program, E-verify, is set to expire in March 2009. We are pleased to see extension of the E-Verify program included in the House-passed version of the stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The legislation authorizes an extension of the current E-Verify program for five years and includes adequate advance funding to the Social Security Administration (SSA) so that the agency can meet its responsibilities under the verification program.
Dear Sir/Madam: On behalf of the Association of the American Universities (AAU), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), we appreciate the opportunity to submit the following comments on the Department of Homeland Security’s interim final rule extending Optional Practical Training by 17 months for F-1 non-immigrant students graduating with a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Good Afternoon, Chairman Baird, Ranking Member Ehlers, and subcommittee members. My name is Catheryn Cotten and I am Director of the International Office for both Duke University and Duke Medical Center and Health System. I appreciate the opportunity to provide testimony today on behalf of Duke, the American Council on Education and the Association of American Universities.
Dear Senator: On behalf of the American Council on Education and the higher education associations listed below, I write in strong support of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which we view as an education bill.
1 IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATIONCommon Classifications, Specific Problems, and Possible SolutionsPrepared by Catheryn Cotten, Duke UniversityMeeting 18 September 20072 Readers Guide•P = policy, procedures, or practice problem or solution•R = regulatory problem or solution•S = statutory problem or solution3 Stud
Dear Senator: On behalf of the Association of American Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, we write to express serious concerns about the potential impact of immigration reform legislation under consideration in the Senate, S. 1348. We believe that, if not amended or removed from the bill, a number of provisions, taken together, would force dramatic alterations in how America’s colleges and universities seek to attract teaching and research talent from abroad. As a result, the legislation would seriously weaken our ability to compete with institutions in other countries that are working harder all the time to retain their own talent and attract the best talent from others.
Dear Mr. Secretary: We write to thank you for the department's response to date to the needs of international students, scholars, exchange visitors, and schools affected by Hurricane Katrina, and to suggest further actions that we believe are urgent.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government put in place new safeguards in the nation’s visa system that made it extremely challenging for bona fide international students, scholars, scientists, and engineers to enter this country. While intended to correct weaknesses exposed by the attacks, the changes proved to be significant barriers for legitimate travelers and created a misperception that these visitors were no longer welcome here.
A group of 40 leading academic, science and engineering associations today urged the U.S. government to accelerate its effort to reform the visa process for international students, scholars, and researchers.
Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee. My name is William Wulf and I am on leave from the University of Virginia to serve as President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. It operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Lincoln. Under this charter the NAE is directed "whenever called upon by any department or agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art [technology].” I am pleased to come to this hearing today to remind all members of the committee of the important contributions foreign-born scholars, scientists, and engineers have made and continue to make to this country. Foreign-born scientists and engineers have come to the United States, stayed in large numbers, and we are more prosperous and more secure, in large part, because of them!
Chairmen McKeon and Tiberi and Subcommittee Members: My name is Dan Mote, and I am president of the University of Maryland at College Park. I appreciate the opportunity to testify at this joint hearing of the House Subcommittees on 21st Century Competitiveness and Select Education on an issue of concern to the entire higher education community, the impact of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program and other foreign student visa-related issues on this nation’s academic and research enterprise.
The State Department announced today an extension of the Visas Mantis clearance for students and scholars/scientists. For students, the duration of the clearance will be four years – essentially the duration of studies. For scholars/scientists, the duration will be two years. Both were previously one year. The State Department announcement can be found at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2005/42212.htm.
Chairman Lugar and Members of the Committee: My name is Dan Mote, and I am president of the University of Maryland, College Park. I appreciate very much the opportunity to address the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today on a matter of grave concern, the impact of visa regulations on the educational and research enterprise of the nation. I am speaking to you today as president of a preeminent research university in the shadow of the nation’s capital that has for years attracted a flow of outstanding students, researchers, and faculty from other nations who have made enormous contributions to the prosperity and technological leadership of the United States.
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Biden, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thank you for the opportunity to talk with you today about an issue that I believe is vitally important, not only to students and higher education but to our international relations, our nation and our national security.
Mr. Chairman, Members of the Committee: I am honored to participate in this important hearing that is focused on a matter of vital significance for U.S. higher education and for the strategic interests of our country. Mr. Chairman, our higher education leaders throughout Indiana particularly appreciate the contributions of have made to U.S. foreign policy and to advancing Knowledge through the exchange of international students and scholars. Your insights and sensitivity to international issues have brought great distinction to the state and nation.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on an issue of such importance to the United States. Many international education organizations have spoken to the value of international students and scholars in our classrooms and research facilities, to the successes we enjoy as a nation because of their contributions, and to the increasing road blocks and delays that threaten that continued exchange and success. I am including links to organization documents in the appendix to this testimony.
Thank you for this opportunity to address an important audience on an important issue. I speak on behalf of the Association of American Universities (AAU), 60 of the top research universities in the U.S. and 2 in Canada. We at AAU – in collaboration with dozens of other organizations – have been working with the federal government and its representatives to try to achieve what I and many others consider a fundamental goal:
1. This cable was cleared by SEP. 1. SUMMARY: With the summer student and exchange visitor visa season in full swing, the Department would like to remind Posts of several important visa processing policies to ensure that applications for these categories of visas are handled in the most expeditious way. INITIAL ENTRY STUDENTS MUST NOT ENTER BEFORE 30 DAYS
5/14/04 The University of Texas at Austin International Office JDW:KV 2) Designated School Official verifies funding, then enters visa certification information into SEVIS website. SEVIS provides the school with the visa certification form in pdf format, which school prints locally and mails to student. 6) If visa is g
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than 20 science, higher-education and engineering groups, representing some 95 percent of the U.S. research community, today urged the federal government to adopt six practical recommendations for solving the current visa-processing crisis, by removing unnecessary barriers to multi-national discoveries.
We, the undersigned American organizations of higher education, science, and engineering are strongly committed to dedicating our combined energies and expertise to enhancing homeland and national security. Our nation's colleges and universities and scientific and technical organizations are the engines of new knowledge, discoveries, technologies, and training that power the country's research enterprise and contribute greatly to economic and national security. Moreover, they are important hubs of international scientific and technical exchanges, and they play a vital role in facilitating educational and cultural exchanges that help to spread our nation's democratic values.
International Students and International Students and Scholars: the Policy Arena Scholars: the Policy Arena Kathie Bailey Mathae Kathie Bailey Mathae Mary Mary Malaspina Malaspina May 5, 2004 May 5, 2004How Many? How Many? 586,300 586,300 international students studied in international students studied in the U.S.
The Visa Issuance Process Peter Briggs, Director International Students and Scholars Michigan State University May 5, 2004What is a visa? • Stamp placed in a passport by a U.S. Consular officer • Stamp does not mean status • Valid stamp allows a person to request entry to the U.S. • Two types: immigrant and non-immigra
Dear Chairman Boehlert and Ranking Member Gordon: In our letter to you dated February 25, we mentioned that last month several higher education organizations had jointly surveyed U.S. colleges and universities to determine whether there had been a drop in the number of applications from international students for the fall of 2004 compared to the fall of 2003. We would like to share the results from that survey with you and request that you consider entering them into the record of the Committee’s hearing held last week on science-related visa issues.
Dear Chairman Boehlert and Ranking Member Gordon: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we thank you for your strong leadership in examining international student and scholar visa issues that are negatively affecting American science. By your words and your actions, you have demonstrated your awareness that current procedures and policies are hampering the ability of the world's brightest international students, scholars, and researchers to study and work in our country, where they contribute to our nation's science and technology enterprise, our economy, and our security. It is our hope that your work will help to bring about sensible security policies that protect our country while maintaining our nation's scientific and economic leadership.
Dear Sir or Madam: On behalf of the undersigned organizations and the approximately 2,000 colleges and universities around the country they represent, we submit these comments on the interim rule to restrict waivers of personal appearance for non-immigrant visa applicants (published July 7, 2003, in the Federal Register), effective August 1, 2003.
Dear Mr. Chairman: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we thank you for this opportunity to offer a statement for the record with respect to the impacts of new visa policies on the higher education sector. We represent over 2,000 public and private colleges and universities in the United States that host the majority of international academic personnel, including students, faculty, and researchers, in the country.
Dear Chairman Wolf: I write on behalf of the undersigned higher education associations to inform you of our significant concerns related to our nation's visa system and to request that additional funding be included in the FY2004 Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary Appropriations bill for the state Department to facilitate the implementation of the new visa policies.
Dear Secretary Powell: On behalf of the member universities of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), and Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) we write to inform you of our significant concerns related to our nation's visa system. Current policies are hampering the ability of the world's best and brightest international students, scholars, and researchers to study and work in our country and to contribute to our nation's science and technology enterprise, economy, and security.
1. Following up on ref A guidance on waiving personal appearances, I would like to ask posts that have developed or expect to develop waiting periods for NIV interviews to give priority to students and exchange visitors in the professor, student, and research scholar categories when scheduling interviews this summer. I commend those posts that already have developed mechanisms within their appointment systems for giving priority to these important classes of NIV applicants.
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