In a series of tweets last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump advocated for increased opportunities for international students to stay in the U.S. after graduating from American colleges and universities, Inside Higher Ed reports.

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A federal court found the 17-month extension to the F-1 optional practical training (OPT) program invalid, ruling that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow required procedures, Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for the termination of the J-1 visa program in an immigration policy proposal recently published on his campaign website, Bloomberg Politics reports.

With a civil war raging in their home country that has already killed thousands of civilians, 31 Yemeni high school exchange students are “trapped by uncertainty” as their U.S.

The U.S. government has clarified its regulations for American citizens traveling to Cuba, allowing for a more complete understanding of the effect of the new policy on international exchange opportunities. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of Commerce published updated regulations on travel to Cuba, effective January 16, 2015, NAFSA reports.

As of November 12, the U.S. and China have both increased the respective lengths of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas, according to the U.S. Department of State. The U.S.

Growing concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus may have an impact on international education connections with West Africa, reports the Washington Post. Increased scrutiny of student flows to and from West Africa arose as a second case of Ebola transmission in the U.S.

Legislators in the House and the Senate are taking a close look at U.S. visa and travel policies due to recent security concerns about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), various media sources report.

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The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has posted information and FAQs regarding the ongoing efforts to fully restore its global database for issuing travel documents and visas. This database crashed last week, causing an “extensive backlog” for U.S. passports and visas worldwide.

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.

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