The United States must remain a “destination of choice” for the world’s best students, faculty, and scholars, NACAC and other education associations told Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly in a letter sent this week.
The message, signed by 47 organizations, was sent in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US or obtaining visas, including F-1 and J-1 student visas.
"President Trump’s executive order, 'Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,' has created uncertainty and fear across the country and on our campuses, particularly among students, faculty and scholars from the affected countries, as well as others who worry the restrictions may expand to other countries," the letter states. "We are concerned about the problematic implementation of the 90-day freeze on visas, such as cases of people with valid visas being turned away. We fear the chilling effect this will have on the ability of international students and scholars to continue to see the US as a welcoming place for study and research."
Read the full letter and learn more about NACAC's response to the immigration order.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).
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