On July 6th 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance for international students on F-1 visas studying in the U.S. this fall. The U-M International Center has provided an update on planning for the fall term available here. President Schlissel issued a statement expressing “strong disagreement” with the policy, which will restrict the educational opportunities of international students.
“We continue to oppose arbitrary restrictions on international students who have been and continue to be valuable members of our community of scholars.”
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), whose district includes U-M’s Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses, led a letter with more than 100 Members of Congress urging DHS to rescind this policy.
“International students play a key role in academic life in universities across the country by supporting cutting-edge research, enriching campus life, and helping the United States maintain its leadership role in higher education. Their presence is not only fundamental to academic life, but also support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country each academic year.”
U-M will continue to work with congressional leaders and the broader higher education community to fight this disruptive policy.