Visas

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the Department of State officially launched today its new J-1 Visa: Exchange Visitor Program website. The site contains a wealth of information on all aspects of J-1 visa exchange programs, including resources specifically for:

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today a major change to U.S. visa policy: Iranian students and exchange visitors can now obtain two-year, multiple entry visas. Clinton labeled this change “a big step forward in the Obama Administration’s support of the Iranian people.”

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Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) recently introduced H.R. 1211, the Student Visa Security Improvement Act, which seeks to increase the tracking of foreign students in the United States.

On March 22nd, the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May announced to the British Parliament the result of a consultation on the reform of the student immigration system launched by the UK government in December 2010.

According to a recent New York Times report, the UK government “says the move is an effort to shut down phony colleges – businesses that use student visas simply to get paying migrants into Britain.”

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with Illinois Representatives Mike Quigley (D) and Dan Lipinski (D), are planning to introduce the Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act in both Chambers of Congress, according to a Press Release posted on the three legislators’ websites (available at links above).

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As more than 7,000 international education and exchange professionals descended last week on downtown Kansas City for the 2010 Annual NAFSA Conference and Expo, the editorial board of the Kansas City Star took note, publishing an op-ed in support of international exchange:

In a follow-up to its proposed rule in December 2009, the Department of State issued a press release earlier this week noting that it has published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to increase nonimmigrant visa application processing fees.

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According to the National Foundation for American Policy, during the recession “technology firms appeared to hire a larger share of [foreign skilled] workers compared with other top employers of professionals from overseas,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Countries should continue to be added to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) despite delays in the implementation of a biometric air exit mandate on foreigners visiting the U.S., says a scholar at the Heritage Foundation in a recent report.

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The United Kingdom Border Agency circulated the following clarification to media reports (and as reported by the Alliance last Friday) regarding changes to its student visa system, noting that the changes are “limited to applications under Tier 4 and so Student Visitors remain unaffected”:

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