Foreign student visas may not have been appropriate after all

Sue Larson, the interim executive director of the Federation of American Tourism Organizations, described the new rules announced by the Trump administration as “unfair” and a “violation of travelers’ rights.” “These regulations are a real problem in the U.S. as hundreds of thousands of foreign students are considering working here,” said Ms. Larson.

U.S. officials explain that the rules came out of the October decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that some of the visa limits adopted in February, 2018, did not conform to Supreme Court precedent. This is why, for the foreseeable future, the Secretary of State and the secretary of Homeland Security must give both Congress and the Judiciary two months’ notice before implementing any new restrictions on visa issuances, and why this significant change in the policies will not affect the Optional Practical Training and Treaty education programs.

These new regulations have been a growing source of turmoil in the travel industry. Many hotels, airlines and travel agents feel that the new restrictions are against their financial interests. In particular, schools and institutions that are providing education to students both in the U.S. and abroad have a growing and potentially lucrative business.

Read the full article at The New York Times.


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