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Template Letter for Addressing International Student Visa Processing Delays and Denial Rates


Template Letter for Addressing International Student Visa Processing Delays and Denial Rates

Recent data shows that international students are currently contending with excessively long wait times and adjudication and processing delays, with posts reporting interview wait times of 100 to over 350 days, which imperil students’ ability to secure their visas in time for the start of the academic term. In addition, a recent update to the Interview of a Lifetime report published by the Presidents’ Alliance and Shorelight shows disproportionately high visa denial rates for applicants from the African continent. While students from Southern Africa have a 19 percent visa denial rate, the rest of the continent has an alarming 61 percent student visa denial rate. The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration developed this template letter for institutions of higher education to use to communicate with their Senate and House delegations about the impact of visa delays and denials on the international student population.