Stanford will strongly oppose a proposed federal rule issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security, which would have wide-ranging effects on international students and scholars who hold F or J visas.
Currently, international students and scholars are allowed to remain in the United States for the full length of their program. If the proposed rule is made final, it would mean that the U.S. no longer commits to allowing them to stay for the full duration of their studies.
“While we understand the national security issues referenced in this proposal, this is another in a series of policies that make the U.S. less welcome to our international community – to the detriment of our international students and scholars, our universities, and our country’s scientific leadership and long-term economic competitiveness,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. “The proposed rule creates additional stress and uncertainty for international students, scholars and their families,