Toolkit for Colleges and Universities for Expanded Travel Ban

January 31, 2020

This resource and advocacy toolkit is geared for college and university campuses including campus immigration task forces, students, staff, faculty, and their families to share information and resources regarding the administration’s latest expansion of the travel ban, which goes into effect February 22, 2020. The expanded travel ban consists of a Presidential Proclamation enacts enacting restrictions for certain types of nationals from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The existing proclamation, sometimes known as Travel Ban 3.0, already bans some or all immigrants from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen; and certain visitors from these countries and Venezuela. For more resources and information on the travel bans, please visit NAFSA’s resources page, Penn State Law’s resource page, and the National Immigration Law Center. You can read the language of the proclamation here.

PDF. You can also download a .PDF of the toolkit using this link, though the above link will always contain the latest version of the toolkit.

Template Comment for Fee Schedule for Higher Education Institutions

January 23, 2020

This document is a template comment for higher education institutions who wish to comment on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) proposed rule Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements (Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010). The deadline for institutions to submit comments was February 10, 2020 at 11:59pm est. USCIS is no longer accepting comments on this issue and institutions should not use this template to submit a comment as the deadline is closed.

The Presidents’ Alliance, in partnership with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), created this template comment to assist institutions of higher education draft individual comments regarding the impact of the proposed fee schedule on students, families, prospective students, or other community members at your institution; your institution’s programs and mission; and higher education more broadly.

You can read the actual text of the proposed rule here and a short analysis by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) here. You can also review this guide from CLINIC to learn more about the federal rulemaking process and how your comment fits into this broader process. Finally, we share CLINIC’s toolkit on the proposed fee schedule, which contains toplines, talking points, and sample social media posts.

Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants

In September of 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration;, Niskanen Center, TheDream.US, and United We Dream released a groundbreaking report that urges Congress and state legislatures to expand access to professional, business, and commercial licenses (also known as “occupational licenses”) to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and all other immigrants with the ability to lawfully work.

Higher Ed Immigration Policy Guide Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 edition of the Alliance and's Higher Education Immigration Policy and Action Guide. The guide contains current and upcoming immigration policies impacting the higher ed community and actions for colleges and universities to consider taking to support immigrant and international students, faculty, and staff.

Download the policy guide

Higher Ed Template for Submitting Public Comments on the Proposed "Public Charge" Rule

A higher education focused template was developed by the Presidents’ Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, in collaboration with the Center for Law and Social Policy and with input from the National Skills Coalition. Institutions and individuals can utilize the template as a basis for submitting their own comments.

Download the template

Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6

Talking points on the Dream and Promise Act, including messaging explaining who would be able to obtain relief under the bill, economic benefits, and the importance of in-state tuition. These talking points are part of the Alliance's toolkit on the Dream and Promise Act.

Talking Points on Dream and Promise Act