- The Trump administration is proposing tighter restrictions for international student visas that some higher education experts say could deter them from studying in the U.S.
- Among the changes, which were published in the Federal Register on Friday, are a four-year limit on visa durations and more specific parameters around permissible extension requests. The rules are open to a 30-day comment period.
- International students account for around 6% of enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities.
Colleges across the country covet international students. That’s in part because they tend to pay higher tuition, subsidizing the lower costs paid by their domestic peers.
Some schools also value the global perspective these students bring and have adjusted programming amid the pandemic to ensure they can continue to take classes if they can’t attend in person because of travel restrictions.
Under current rules, international students can stay in the U.S.