NAFSA's New Policy Report Reflects Needs of Brain-Circulation Era

December 14, 2009 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By DeDe Long

As we approach the end of 2009, the buzz is growing in Washington, DC, about a coming debate on immigration reform. Meanwhile, President Obama recently signaled again his understanding of the importance of international education and the importance of U.S. openness to talent and students from other countries. At the closing of his jobs summit in Washington, DC, earlier this month, he said... See More

Foreign Students Boost Local, State Economies: The Picture in the Northeast

November 20, 2009 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By NAFSA

In the final installment of our series this week taking a closer look at the positive impact of foreign students on state economies and featuring real-life stories about their presence on campuses and communities around the country, we turn to the northeastern states. There, foreign students spent more than $5.2 billion during the 2008-2009 academic year across the region, according to NAFSA's Economic Impact Statements released Monday. Overall, foreign students and their dependents contributed $17.6 billion to the U.S. economy in the same time period.

See how each state benefited in this chart and keep reading for a first-hand account of how international students have brought a refreshing sense of culture to one campus in New Hampshire.

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Foreign Students Boost Local, State Economies: The Picture in the Western States

November 19, 2009 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By NAFSA

In the third installment of our series this week taking a closer look at the positive impact of foreign students on state economies and featuring real-life stories about their presence on campuses and communities around the country, we turn to the western states. There, foreign students spent nearly $4.2 billion during the 2008-2009 academic year across the region, according to NAFSA's Economic Impact Statements released Monday. Overall, foreign students and their dependents contributed $17.6 billion to the U.S. economy in the same time period.

See how each state benefited in this chart and keep reading for a first-hand account of how the economic crisis in California is impacting one international educator's efforts and the lives of his students.

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Taking Action on Campus: Celebrating IEW at The University of Central Oklahoma

November 17, 2009 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Glenn Freeman

As most of you know, International Education Week began yesterday. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote awareness of issues surrounding international education. I wanted to share with you what my campus is doing.

At The University of Central Oklahoma, our International Student Council has a booth at our food court all this week with a laptop to encourage fellow students, faculty and staff to sign up online with NAFSA's Take Action Center so that more people can stay informed on the issues and join us in taking action by sending messages to Congress and the White House to support opportunities for living and learning across borders.

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DHS Secretary Says Immigration Reform A Must for US Competitiveness

November 13, 2009 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

In a speech today at the Center for American Progress, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made it clear that immigration reform must happen in order for her department to effectively meet the challenges and needs of the 21st century. As she set out the specific parameters of reforms, Napolitano highlighted the damage done to the U.S. economy under current laws that makes it difficult for the best and the brightest who attend U.S. colleges and universities to stay here and work upon graduation.... See More

International Students, Skilled Immigrants and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

November 10, 2009 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Marlene M. Johnson and Stuart Anderson

Looking ahead to next year, it has become increasingly important that concerns about the economy not deter lawmakers from ensuring that reforms to attract and retain highly educated, highly skilled foreign nationals are included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Illegal immigration issues have dominated the debate, but the reality is that without addressing our broken legal immigration system, we will short-change ourselves in the long run. Keeping the United States a welcoming place for talented students and workers from around the world will be crucial to our economic recovery and our future ability to innovate, compete, and thrive in the global economy. ... See More