Action Alert Briefing: Will International Students Return in Fall 2021? A Vital Resource at Risk

Images of Students. Text on graphic: Will International Students Return in the Fall? A Vital Resource at Risk. April 7, 2021, 3 pm ET

On April 7, the Presidents’ Alliance and NAFSA co-hosted an action alert briefing, “Will International Students Return in Fall 2021? A Vital Resource at Risk.” The briefing discussed how visa processing delays and travel restrictions could significantly impact fall 2021 international student enrollment on U.S. campuses. We covered newly released data and visa processing and travel restriction policy issues. Speakers, including policy and data experts and campus and international education leaders, discussed how campus leaders can support advocacy actions to urge the U.S. government to take the necessary steps to ensure timely, transparent processing of student and scholar visas.

Watch the recording here.

Find resources from the briefing here.


  • Dr. Rajika Bhandari, Senior Advisor, Presidents’ Alliance
  • Dr. Andrew Hamilton, President, New York University
  • Marissa Hill-Dongre, Director, Immigration Response Team, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Judy Miner, Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
  • Jill Allen Murray, Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, NAFSA
  • Dr. Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Vice Provost for Internationalization, University of Denver
  • Jill Welch, Senior Advisor, Presidents’ Alliance