The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

We are an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.

Letter Urging the Biden Administration to Protect Afghan Students, Scholars, & Others

This letter urges the Biden administration to protect Afghan students, scholars, researchers, and their families seeking to come to the U.S., and those here in U.S. higher education institutions. The letter was sent to the administration on August 24, 2021.

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Higher Ed Afghan Response & Advocacy: Rapid Response Action & Information Briefing

This briefing provides campuses an overview of what is happening on the ground for Afghan refugees coming to the U.S., what is needed, and where campuses can engage. It will also provide specific actions and advocacy. The briefing was held on September 9 at 12 p.m. E.T. 

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Book Launch & Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

A conversation with Dr. Rajika Bhandari held on September 14, 2021 about her new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. The conversation features a panel of international education experts and U.S. higher education leaders.

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Higher Ed Immigration Portal

An initiative that integrates data, policies, resources, and effective practices about DACA and undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students to fuel change at the federal, state, and campus level, and build a diverse movement of partners.

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Directory of Afghanistan Advocacy and Resources

This page contains an overview of all of our Afghanistan-related materials. Due to the ongoing nature of this humanitarian crisis, we expect that our directory of resources will continue to grow. Advocacy Letter Urging Secretaries Blinken and Mayorkas to Protect Afghan Students, Scholars, R... Continue Reading
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Coalition of College and University Presidents Expresses Disappointment in Response to Senate Parliamentarian’s Decision to Exclude Roadmap to Citizenship in Budget Reconciliation

COALITION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT IN RESPONSE TO SENATE PARLIAMENTARIAN’S DECISION TO EXCLUDE ROADMAP TO CITIZENSHIP IN BUDGET RECONCILIATION Presidents’ Alliance will continue working to secure a roadmap to citizenship FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, ... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Applauds H-1B Visa Ruling

PRESIDENTS’ ALLIANCE APPLAUDS H-1B VISA RULING Federal district court vacates Trump-era H-1B rule that would have increased barriers for international student alumni seeking H-1B visas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2021 CONTACT: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsalliance.org) WASH... Continue Reading
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Summary of Reconciliation’s Legalization and Higher Ed Provisions

Summary of Reconciliation’s Legalization and Higher Ed Provisions The 117th Congress is currently considering legislation that would modernize our nation’s immigration laws through the creation of a roadmap to citizenship and expansion of access to higher education for the segments of the nati... Continue Reading
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Book Launch & Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

The Presidents' Alliance held a conversation on September 14, 2021 to celebrate the launch of Dr. Rajika Bhandari’s new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. Dr. Bhandari is an international higher education expert and also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Pre... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy: Action & Information Briefing

On September 9, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance held a briefing, Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy: Action & Information Briefing. This briefing shared with campuses what is happening on the ground for Afghan refugees coming to the US, what is needed, and how campuses can engage. Refug... Continue Reading