Notre Dame News | October 22, 2020
In a letter to the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., registered his concerns with proposed changes to the department’s policy that would make it harder for international students to enroll in U.S. universities.
If enacted, the policy would limit international students and exchange visitors to a fixed period of two to four years, with the opportunity to apply for an extension. Student visas under the current policy are good for “duration of status,” meaning students can stay in the United States indefinitely if they remain enrolled in school and abide by rules related to their immigration status.
In his letter to Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, Father Jenkins wrote that the change “would be unworkable for most foreign students, including those pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees,” since doctoral programs usually take more than four years and even some undergraduate students need five or six years to graduate.
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