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.

Take a look at our D-3 Waiver Explainer

The purpose of this explainer is to provide information on why Dreamers are eligible for employment-based visa options, the obstacles that DACA recipients and other Dreamers face in accessing such visas, what are D-3 waivers, why they are needed, and why the Biden administration’s action to provide clarifying guidance for D-3 waivers is significant. This document also provides a more indepth look at DACA recipients who have been sponsored for H-1B visas, and additional resources. 

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Higher Education Leaders Applaud The Biden Administration For Expanding Protections for Dreamers

On June 18, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a suite of affirmative relief policies that could provide protections to long-term residents, including Dreamers. Amidst legal challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and an ongoing Congressional stalemate, these actions represent a significant move to support eligible DACA recipients and other Dreamers.

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Briefing: New Executive Actions to Streamline D-3 Waivers and Employment Visas for College Grads, Including Dreamers

On July 10th at 2 PM, the Presidents’ Alliance and partners hostd a briefing to discuss the significance of the Biden-Harris Administration’s executive actions to streamline D-3 waivers. The discussion covered the timeline for implementation, the process, eligibility criteria, and how businesses and campuses can engage to support eligible beneficiaries, including DACA recipients and other Dreamers.

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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Disproportionate F-1 Visa Denials Persist for African and Other Students from the Global South

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2024 Contact: Jason Koh, Jason@presidentsalliance.org Disproportionate F-1 Visa Denials Persist for African and Other Students from the Global South Washington D.C. – Nearly one year after the release of the groundbreaking report, “The Interview of a Lifetime: An Analysis of Visa Denials and International Student Flows to the U.S.,” by the Presidents’ Alliance and Shorelight, students from the Global South continue to experience high visa denial rates to U.S. colleges and universities. The latest findings... Continue Reading
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Briefing: New Executive Actions to Streamline D-3 Waivers and Employment Visas for College Grads, Including Dreamers

On July 10th at 2 PM, the Presidents’ Alliance, TheDream.US, and partners will host a briefing that will discuss the significance of the administration’s executive action, the timeline for implementation, how it may work, who could be eligible, and how businesses and campuses can engage to support eligible beneficiaries, including DACA recipients and other Dreamers Continue Reading
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Template Letter for Addressing International Student Visa Processing Delays and Denial Rates

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration developed this template letter for institutions of higher education to use to communicate with their Senate and House delegations about the impact of visa delays and denials on the international student population. Continue Reading
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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Cardona Call Upon College & University Leadership to Engage in Refugee Resettlement

For Immediate Release: 6/20/2024 Contact: Jason Koh at Jason@presidentsalliance.org Secretary Blinken and Secretary Cardona Call Upon College & University Leadership to Engage in Refugee Resettlement Washington, D.C. – The Presidents’ Alliance, an alliance of over 550 college and university leaders across the country, applauds Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona for their letter this week to college and university leaders commending their efforts to support displaced students and refugee resettlement and urging them to increase... Continue Reading
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So what is World Refugee Day?

This is why this World Refugee Day, I am celebrating the creation of a new pathway for young refugees that not only provides an opportunity for education and resettlement, but also provides hope! Continue Reading
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Higher Education Leaders Applaud The Biden Administration For Expanding Protections for Dreamers

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2024 Contact: Jason@presidentsalliance.org Higher Education Leaders Applaud The Biden Administration For Expanding Protections For Dreamers To learn more about these relief policies and D-3 Waivers, we encourage you to register for our briefing on July 10th and review our explainer on D-3 Waivers. Washington D.C. – Today, on June 18, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a suite of affirmative relief policies that could provide protections to long-term residents, including Dreamers. Amidst legal challenges to the Deferred... Continue Reading