Student visa shift drawing criticism in Arkansas

Imposing fixed time limits on student visas is “completely impractical for longer degree programs, such as PhD programs and medical training programs in the United States,” states a 16-page letter dated Monday from the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

The letter argues in favor of the current rule, which bases the duration of stay on a foreign student’s status in an educational program. The letter was submitted as part of the public comment process for the proposal. Comments were due by Monday.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Chancellor Joe Steinmetz is one of 14 university leaders on the group’s steering committee. The alliance includes as members about 500 college leaders, according to the letter.

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