Arlington, VA (July 15, 2020) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today expressed its support for the court-negotiated agreement that requires US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to withdraw a controversial rule involving non-immigrant international students. Under the rule, students with F-1 and M-1 visas would have had to return to their home country or face deportation if their educational institution offered only online classes during the fall semester. NACAC had expressed its opposition to the now overturned rule when it was announced last week.
“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, schools and universities have struggled with how and when to resume classes and other campus-based activities in a safe manner,” said Angel B. Pérez, the association’s CEO. “Many have decided that online instruction is the best way to keep students, teachers, administrators, and others safe. To deny students visas or to force students to return to their home country because of how their institution decided to deliver instruction during this public health crisis was a short-sighted policy.”
The proposed ICE rule threatened to harm students, schools, and universities and caused many students to panic and make potentially drastic decisions about their academic futures. Furthermore, university administrators and international student advisers spent significant hours scrambling to support students in this predicament.
While NACAC is pleased that ICE has rescinded the proposal, the association believes that more needs to be done to restore our country’s reputation for providing the highest quality education and for being a welcoming, generous nation. NACAC urges Congress and the administration to eliminate other policies, such as travel bans and visa restrictions, that have eroded our global standing and limited the opportunities international students have to pursue their education.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 14,000 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 association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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