“Miriam Feldblum, executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, says the current system makes sense and does not need such a drastic rule change. Her organization represents hundreds of university presidents across the U.S., including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
“‘It’s going to increase uncertainty for students and campuses, it’s going to increase the bureaucratic work of both the agency and institutions . . . it’s a solution in search of a problem,’ she said.
“Feldblum argues that if the department uses definite start and end dates, students and school administrators will have to re-apply and pay to extend their visas, when the current, flexible system works and there are not that many students who overstay their visas anyway.”
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