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AAU and 36 other higher education associations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging expeditious review and processing for all DACA renewal applications.
Thirty-two higher education organizations, including the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the American Council on Education (ACE), submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the higher education community examining President Trump's third travel ban.
J-1 are non-immigrant, temporary visas available for exchange visitors participating in a work-and-study-based program in the U.S. In higher education, J-1 visas are used by universities to sponsor visiting scholars from abroad. For many universities, J-1 is the primary visa used for postdocs and visiting faculty.
The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program is an extension of the F-1 student visa that provides 12 months of work authorization for foreign nationals who graduated from a U.S. university. Employment must be related to a student's major area of study.
H-1B visas are non-immigrant visas for temporary "professional specialty workers," an employment category closely associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, but not limited to them.
This provides a brief outline of the major classes of visas utilized by universities and the processes USCIS uses to grant the visas.
As the Senate continues debate and nears a vote on a permanent legislative solution to DACA, AAU supports both bipartisan proposals (McCain-Coons amendment and Rounds-King amendment). A higher education community letter was sent to Senate leadership in support of bipartisan legislation.
Today, our lawmakers failed the American people, including the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people, who are American in every way except birth. This inaction is appalling and it endangers our nation.
AAU, ACE and two dozen other higher education organizations urged leadership in the Senate to consider bipartisan legislation that would grant legal status to 1.8 million Dreamers. legal status of Dreamers.
AAU sent a letter to party leadership thanking them for their efforts to reach an FY18 funding agreement that raises defense and non-defense discretionary spending caps, urging Congress to use the budget agreement to revitalize the government-university partnership, and encouraging a renewed focus on providing permanent legal status for DACA registrants and Dreamers.