Tips for Surviving in a Time of Immigration Uncertainty

By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr

On March 6, the White House released a revised travel ban Executive Order that further highlights the uncertainty that international education professionals face in 2017. But before we dive into the revised order, let’s take a moment to discuss (as best we can) 12 frequently asked questions that have emerged since the original Executive Order was issued in January.... See More

The Role of International Exchange in the Trilateral Partnership of Japan, Korea, and the United States

By Mallory Meiser

Japan and South Korea hold top 10 spots for the number of students they have studying in the United States. However, when it comes to the number of U.S. students studying in Japan and South Korea, they take 14th and 23rd place respectively.  As the United States increasingly turns its focus toward East Asia, how does international exchange affect the developing relationships?... See More

Agency Officials to Participate in Annual Conference

By Steve Springer

Despite rumors to the contrary, federal agency officials do plan to participate in quite a few annual conference sessions related to international student and scholar advising. Some will be present in St. Louis, where they will also participate in an open meeting, and others will participate virtually or via teleconference. The efforts made by many of the officials to attend in person, including requests for waivers of sequestration-related agency travel prohibitions, and the efforts of others to participate remotely when denied permission to travel, have been heartening. ... See More

With State of the Union Address, President Takes Key Step Toward a National Conversation on Immigration Reform

By Victor C. Johnson

In November, NAFSA released a statement calling on President Obama to lead a national conversation on immigration reform. The president took an important step in that direction in last night’s State of the Union address.

The President has spent most of his first term responding to the immigration opponents’ position that they will not talk about immigration reform until enforcement is beefed up and the border is secured. He has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants and devoted unprecedented resources to our southwest border. Last night, the President cashed in that investment.

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Foreign Students Contribute to State, Local Economies: Global Connections in the West

By NAFSA

In the final installment of this week’s series featuring real-life stories about the positive impact of foreign students on state economies and communities around the country (see our posts on the Midwest,  Northeast, and South), we go out West. Foreign students spent $4.7 billion during the 2010-2011 academic year across the western states, according to NAFSA’s Economic Impact Statements released Monday. Overall, foreign students and their dependents contributed $20.2 billion to the U.S. economy in the same time period.... See More

Michigan’s Friendliness to Immigration Seen as Key to Economic Development

By Peter Briggs

A need for economic transformation in Michigan has lead to some creative thinking and a new initiative from Republican Governor Rick Snyder that international educators should applaud. The Global Michigan Initiative aims to promote Michigan's economic prosperity by welcoming the best and the brightest from around the world and to include everyone in reinventing Michigan.

It starts with the premise that Michigan’s long tradition of reliance on a manufacturing economy will not return and that talent from abroad is key to fostering the innovation and entrepreneurship that will be the state’s way forward to economic revitalization. Snyder, a former business executive who is new to elective politics, has frequently voiced the opinion that it is in our state’s best interest to create an environment that is welcoming to immigration, and that includes international students and scholars. This does, of course, stand in stark contrast to so much of the anti-immigration policies that are sprouting up around the country.

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Foreign Students Bring $18.8 Billion to U.S. Communities – and Much More

By Katie O'Connell

In these tough economic times, foreign students and their dependents continue to make an important economic contribution to communities and campuses across the United States. NAFSA’s new report of economic impact shows that college students from other countries contributed $18.8 billion to the U.S. economy in the 2009-2010 academic year through tuition, fees, and living expenses for themselves and their families. This is a $1 billion increase from the previous academic year.... See More

U.S. Educational Exchange Programs Continue to Produce World Leaders

By Kyle D’Souza

In remarks delivered at her swearing-in ceremony earlier this month, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock highlighted the positive impact that educational exchanges can have on participants and on U.S. foreign policy. Noting that “in the last six weeks alone, six of our program alumni have become heads of state or heads of government,” Stock went on to say that “through our ongoing contacts with these ‘alumni,’ we foster relationships with new generations and fuel an engine for change that is perhaps unprecedented in American diplomacy.” Next month, a seventh alumnus will become president of Colombia. These seven alumni and the programs they participated in include:... See More

NAFSA Member Prepares the University of Iowa to Welcome Iraqi Students

July 13, 2010 | Topics: International Students and Scholars

By Scott E. King

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new Iraqi Educational Initiative, as well there should be. The sheer number of expected students—50,000 over a five-year period—would capture anyone’s imagination.  But coming from a nation that has been so marginalized for such a long period of time, the initiative can’t help but make one stop and think about what an impact this could have... See More