Senior attorney Christina Elder and managing partner Phil Curtis co-authored an article, “Attraction and retention of foreign students in a tumultuous U.S. immigration climate,” for University Business.

According to the Institute of International Education, approximately 1.1 million international students studied at U.S. colleges and universities during the 2018-19 school year, or about 5.5% of the nation’s higher education student population.  That segment of the student population, however, has been decreasing each year since Donald Trump won the White House, as the Administration has sought increased restrictions on employment-based visas and, most recently, attempted to restrict the ability of foreign students to attend programs being held remotely because of the coronavirus.

 

Adding to these measures are very real proposals to limit work authorization programs that have been in place for decades and are a major factor drawing foreign students to U.S. colleges and universities.  Curtailing such programs could decimate our foreign student population.

 

What can educational institutions do to mitigate this impact?  There are two areas for action: tactically, they can explore alternative visa classifications to retain and attract students; bigger picture, they can fight back against the changes.

To find out, read the full article on the University Business website.