Tips for Writing a Useful Government Comment Letter

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The purpose of this resource is to provide the International Student and Scholar advising community with guidelines for responding to draft guidance and address some commonly asked questions about the process. This resource was produced as part of the 2014 workplan for the Knowledge Community of International Student and Scholar Services (KCISSS) and in partnership with the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice (ISSRP) committee.

The U.S. government agencies may at times solicit input from the public on proposed regulatory updates as well as policy guidance. School officials often comment on those affecting international students and scholars and institutions. Opportunities for comment most commonly originate, from agencies such as U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS), including the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP).

Additional information on opportunities for comment or feedback are located below: