University opposes proposed changes to visa regulations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed new visa regulations to replace the current "duration of status" (D/S) policy for international students (F status) and exchange visitors (J status) with a policy that sets an expiration date for authorized stay. Wayne State University strongly opposes this proposal.

This regulation would create significant new compliance and administrative responsibilities for affected foreign nationals and universities/colleges, exchange program sponsors and employers, and dramatically increase the number of applications to extend nonimmigrant status filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, which already has extensive processing delays.

Beyond the negative impact this policy change would have on international students, it creates yet another unnecessary barrier that would limit our institution's and the country's ability to attract and retain talent and maintain our competitive position in the world.

International students will always have a home at Wayne State University and are an integral part of our community. The Office of International Programs is working closely with our counterparts around the country to present a coordinated, nationwide response to DHS. We will provide updates on the proposed regulations as they become available.

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