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AAU Joins ACE, Organizations on Letter Requesting Increased Protections for International Students

AAU joined ACE and 44 other higher education organizations on a letter to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to follow up on the withdrawn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, seeking further guidance on the status of incoming international students. The letter requests that the department: allow students with “initial status” in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System to come to the U.S. and begin their studies; include any kind of in-person instructional presence in the definition of “hybrid status;” allow students who’s program shifts from hybrid to online instruction to remain in the U.S.; allow students with established F-1 visas to return to the country for fall; and allow certain students to apply for optional practical training from outside the U.S. The organizations also urge the department to continue to work with the State department to prioritize processing student visas and allow international students to return to the country and begin their studies in a safe, efficient manner.

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