International Students and Scholars

“International students and scholars enrich our campuses as educational and research environments. Our colleges and universities are magnets for the world’s talent, from those ready to contribute to our nation’s prosperity to those who dream of making their home countries more just, inclusive and equitable societies. The presence and contributions of international students and scholars are key to achieving our educational and service missions to create and disseminate knowledge for the betterment of the individual, society and the world. This enhances the education and understanding of all students, their preparation to live and work in an increasingly connected world, and their readiness to tackle global challenges.”
– Founding Statement, Presidents’ Alliance

Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

The Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to Congress expressing its qualified support for the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 Text of the Letter: The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Room S-230, The Capitol Washington, D.C.…

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A Successful First National Convening for the Presidents’ Alliance

On April 1, 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration held its first national convening in Washington, D.C.   The Convening brought together college and university presidents and chancellors and other campus leadership from over forty institutions along with key partners, policy and legal experts, immigration coalition leaders, and researchers.  At the convening,…

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The Presidents’ Alliance submitted a comment letter on the proposed SEVIS fee increases

Re: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Proposed Adjustment of Fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Docket No. ICEB-2017-0003   Submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov   Dear Ms. Snyder:   The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submits these comments in response to the notice at 83 Fed. Reg. 137,…

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Presidents’ Alliance joined with other organizations to send a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to express our deep concerns with recent USCIS policy changes

Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein, We the undersigned representing higher and international education, business, immigration, and human rights organizations are alarmed by what appears to be a comprehensive plan of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to target legal immigrants through reinterpretation of long-standing immigration law and policy. USCIS has released a…

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Presidents’ Alliance submits Statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration in support of international students

“Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security”   Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration   June 6, 2018 Statement of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration   The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration is a non-partisan alliance of currently more than 365 college and…

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Presidents’ Alliance submits comment letter to USCIS Director Cissna expressing deep concern over the proposed USCIS Memo: Proposed change to how DHS Counts unlawful presence for F, M, J visa holders

Dear Director Cissna,   The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memorandum of May 10, 2018, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” to express our grave concerns with the new guidance and to request that USCIS withdraw the…

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Presidents’ Alliance joins other higher education organizations to submit a comment letter to the Department of State regarding proposed revisions to visa applications

Dear Assistant Secretary Risch, We, the 56 undersigned organizations that, in turn, represent over 1.5 million members combined, write to express our concerns regarding the Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Form DS-260, OMB Control Number 1405-0185) and the Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (Form…

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