Exchange Visitor Program

The Alliance’s eighth annual Advocacy Day was held last Thursday, February 21, 2008. The event was sponsored in conjunction with the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), an Alliance member that has partnered with us on this event for four (non-consecutive) years. The event was held in conjunction with AIEA’s Washington conference.

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Noting that visas for foreign students and scholars will be a “predominant theme” for the House Subcommittee on Research and Science this year, Chairman Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) stated, “All of us are committed to increasing the pipeline” of foreign students in the U.S. who “broaden and enrich” our campuses and bring different perspectives.

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At a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Mr. James K. Glassman and Ms. Goli Ameri, President Bush’s nominees for Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) respectively, praised the value of exchanges and pending their confirmation, pledged to build on those programs during their terms in office.

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The Alliance completed visits early this year to consular posts in Asia to discuss visa processing. We visited the following posts: Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, New Delhi, and Mumbai.

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The Alliance this fall completed visits to consular posts in Eastern Europe to discuss visa processing. We visited the following posts: Sofia, Bucharest, Kiev, and Warsaw.

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The Alliance visited consular posts in Europe this fall to discuss implementation of the new intern/training regulations package. The Alliance visited the following posts: Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam.

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The House and Senate passed separate versions of legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year (FY) 2008. Both bills contain provisions addressing the US-VISIT program, implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and the REAL ID Act, and other border security matters.

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The Senate and the House of Representatives last week approved the final conference agreement (H. Report 110-259) on legislation (H.R. 1 and S. 4) to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. The agreement includes provisions requiring a report on exchanges in predominantly Muslim countries, strengthening basic education activities in those countries, implementing security enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), establishing a model ports of entry program, and promoting democracy abroad. The agreement has been sent to President Bush who is expected to sign it.

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The House version of the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act for fiscal year (FY) 2008, which includes $501.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the Department of State, will be voted on by the full House of Representatives tomorrow. The amount provided for exchanges is $55.7 million above the FY 2007 appropriated level (not including funding provided in the supplemental appropriations bill), and $15 million above the President’s request.

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For the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Concerning State Department Exchanges

U.S. House of Representatives
March 20, 2007

As Chair of the Board of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, I appreciate the opportunity to submit testimony in strong support of the budget request of $486.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in FY 2008. If additional funds are available, the Alliance urges an increase in the investment in State Department exchange programs to $500 million to further strengthen U.S. public diplomacy.

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