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Compete America, of which Association of American Universities (AAU) is a member, filed comments to USCIS on the "Accrual if Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants" Memo.
The joint statement emphasized how the proposed policy obscures and conflates the important distinction between ‘unlawful presence’ – illegal presence in the United States – and the ‘maintenance of status’ – as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
The Association of American Universities (AAU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) submitted a joint statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of the subcommittee hearing on "Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security."
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman responds to news that the U.S. will impose limits on certain Chinese visas, arguing that the measures could negatively impact our ability to do research and develop the cures and technologies that drive our economy.
Thirteen Higher Ed Association, Including the Association of American Universities, sent comments to the U.S. Department of State on the proposed new requirements requiring the reporting of five years of identifiers for social media platforms for all nonimmigrant visa applicants, including student visas (F-1 and J-1), work visas (H-1B), and tourist visas.
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.