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Legislative Recommendations Regarding Immigrant Students, Higher Education Access, Federal Financial Aid, and Professional and Occupational Licensure


The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, immigrant and international students, alumni, faculty, and staff, our campuses, communities, and country. The Presidents’ Alliance, which is composed of approximately 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities in 42 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, works to advance immigration policies and practices that are consistent with our heritage as a “nation of immigrants” and the academic values of equity, openness, diversity, and inclusion. The following are our recommendations for the next Congress on higher education, which includes legislative language recommendations for standalone or for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. These recommendations are in addition to the Alliance’s existing support for a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers and other vulnerable populations, such as Temporary Protected Status holders, and other visa policies concerning international students and scholars.

This represents a portion of our recommendations; international student recommendations are forthcoming.

Legislative Recommendations Regarding Immigrant Students, Higher Education Access, Federal Financial Aid, and Professional and Occupational Licensure