Trump Administration Proposes Clampdown on Open-Ended Student Visas

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to add a fixed end-date to student visas when they are issued, departing from its current practice of allowing them to remain valid as long as an international student is in school.

The proposal, which the department posted in the Federal Register on Thursday, would set most visas to expire after four years—even if a student is enrolled in a longer graduate program or needs extra time to finish a degree—and would limit student visas to two years for students born in several dozen Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries.

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