The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Lisa Heyn
Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:19

The Department of State’s global database for issuing travel documents and visas has experienced technical problems, causing an “extensive backlog” of applications for U.S. passports and visas worldwide and major delays for potentially millions of people, the Associated Press reports.

Lisa Heyn
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:35

With appropriations work in the Senate stalled, and the House also unlikely to complete its outstanding appropriations bills, a continuing resolution (CR) for FY15 appears very likely for the fall, CQ.com reports. It also appears increasingly likely that Congress will use an omnibus appropriations bill to wrap up its FY15 funding work following the November midterm elections.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:19

►ECA embarks on road trip across America to showcase impact on international exchange

►U.S reaches goal of sending 100,000 students to study in China ahead of schedule

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:09

A growing number of international high school students are directly enrolling in degree programs at U.S. high schools, according to a research brief from the Institute of International Education and as Inside Higher Education reports. The IIE brief finds that the number of students directly enrolled in degree programs in U.S. high schools more than tripled from 2004 to 2013, while the number of high school exchange students on short-term programs grew by a much smaller 15 percent.

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 08:43

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 7/11/14.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement. Requests are processed on a daily basis. If you would prefer not to receive this listing, email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org or call 202-293-6141.

Please feel free to contact us for additional questions.

Ursula Heaney
Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:24

The goal set by President Barack Obama of seeing 100,000 Americans study in China has been reached, the 100,000 Strong Foundation announced last week. Four years after the 100,000 Strong Initiative was officially launched, the number of Chinese student visas issued to U.S. applicants has exceeded 100,000, Carola McGiffert, president of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, told the Alliance.

Lisa Heyn
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:33

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Private Sector Exchange Robin Lerner and staff of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) are traveling across the U.S. this July and August to visit international exchange participants, particularly of the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, at their placement sites.

Lisa Heyn
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:25

► The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched an enhanced Study in the States website to ease the transition for international students in the U.S.

► This week’s Exchange Voice:

Ursula Heaney
Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:58

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 6/27/14.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement. Requests are processed on a daily basis. If you would prefer not to receive this listing, email uheaney@alliance-exchange.org or call 202-293-6141.

Please feel free to contact us for additional questions.

Ursula Heaney
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:03

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week launched an enhanced Study in the States website, which serves as “an information hub for international students in the U.S.”