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Congress must include immigrant workers and students in next round of COVID relief

Thousands of work authorized immigrants are risking their health as essential workers to keep our country running during a pandemic, so why has federal coronavirus relief written off immigrant workers and students? With the start of school well underway on campuses and in communities, it is incum... Continue Reading
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Immigration and Education – NP Omnibus Results for August 2020

The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NP Strategy Group present new polling on higher education and immigration that shows support for COVID-19 relief measures for immigrant workers and students. Review the findings here. Continue Reading
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Letter on International Student Entry Eligibility Requirements to CBP Port Director

On August 7, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration sent a letter to Port Director LaFonda Sutton-Burke to express our concern regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) inspection process for new and returning international students through the Los Angeles I... Continue Reading
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Letter on Recommended Changes to Updated July 15, 2020 FAQs to Stakeholders Regarding Impact of COVID-19 on SEVP-Certified Schools and F and M Students

Recommended Changes to Updated July 15, 2020 FAQs to Stakeholders Regarding Impact of COVID-19 on SEVP-Certified Schools and F and M Students The Honorable Chad WolfActing SecretaryU.S. Department of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528 Matthew T. AlbenceDeputy Director and Senior OfficialP... Continue Reading
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Template Letter and Messaging in Support of International Students and Scholars

In collaboration with several members of our Federal Policy Advisory Table and Legal Advisory Council, the Presidents’ Alliance developed this template letter for institutions of higher education to adapt and send to congressional delegations. The template covers the recent July 6, 2020 ICE SEVP ... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: ICE’s SEVP Guidance for International Students and Higher Education

This rapid response briefing addressed the new and disturbing July 6th guidance and forthcoming rule by ICE, which includes preventing international students from continuing their study in the U.S.—and putting them at risk of deportation—if enrolled in all online classes or attending institutions... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief – International Students Affected by ICE COVID-19 Guidance for Fall 2020

We partnered with Professor Tom K. Wong to author this policy brief, International Students Affected by ICE COVID-19 Guidance for Fall 2020, estimating how many international students could potentially be affected by ICE's July 6, 2020 guidance for online enrollments. On July 6, 2020, in spite of... Continue Reading
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Talking Points for Higher Ed Institutions on ICE SEVP Guidance

The below representing talking points for higher ed institutions in response to the guidance released by the administration on international students. On July 6, 2020, in spite of a rebounding COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued guidance indicating that it wou... Continue Reading
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Letter on Recommendations for the Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package to Support International, DACA, and Undocumented Students

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted the following letter to leadership in Congress containing recommendations for the fourth COVID legislative package. Presidents' Alliance Letter on Recommendations for the Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package to Support International, DACA, and Un... Continue Reading
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Follow-up Letter to DHS and DOS with Recommendations on Visa Processing and OPT in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a follow-up letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) containing recommendations regarding visa processing and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Presidents' Alliance Follow-up Letter to DHS... Continue Reading
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Quick Guide to Immigration Issues on Campus – 2020

Below, please find a resource, providing a resource by Dan Berger and Stephen-Yale Loehr outlining the key immigration issues affecting DACA recipients, international students, and other immigrant students. Quick Guide to Immigration Issues on Campus - 2020 Continue Reading
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Letter to the White House in Support of OPT and STEM OPT

The Presidents' Alliance transmitted a letter to the White House in support of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT. Presidents' Alliance Letter to White House in Support of OPT and STEM OPT June 4, 2020 Donald J. TrumpPresident of the United StatesThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Av... Continue Reading