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Connecting Our World is the advocacy home of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and its nearly 10,000 members worldwide believe that international education—connecting students, scholars, educators, and citizens across borders—is fundamental to advancing peace, security, and well-being.

Fight Back Against Duration of Status Change

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a proposed rule to limit the amount of time international students can stay in the country by eliminating the "duration of status" or "D/S" policy. Urge your members of Congress to speak out and publicly defend international students.

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Urge Congress to Support International Students & Scholars and Protect OPT

Request the contact information for the immigration staff of your lawmakers and a sample message you may use to urge your lawmakers' support for international students and scholars.

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Urge Congress to Direct Covid-19 Resources to Support Education Abroad

The field of education abroad is at incredible risk for long-term damage because of COVID19. Without additional financial relief, it could take years for the field of education abroad to fully recover; leaving U.S. students with fewer international education opportunities, U.S. higher education institutions with fewer international collaborations, and our country less prepared to tackle global challenges or compete in the global marketplace. Request the contact information for the education staffers of your lawmakers and a sample message to send to request support for higher education resources.

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Pass the Dream Act

Urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor the bipartisan Dream Act (S. 1615; H.R. 3440). This bill would protect young people brought to the United States as children without documentation. These young people are American in every way other than on paper. The United States is the only home they have ever known. We need an immigration system that allows these young people to continue their studies, enter the workforce, and continue to give back to our communities.

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Educate Congress on the Value of International Students

Email and tweet at your Senators and Representative about the dollars, jobs, academic and cultural benefits international students bring to your state. Share your stories about the positive impact international students have on our communities. Use our advocacy toolkit to request your member of Congress make a public floor statement in support of international students.

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Urge Congress to Support Study Abroad

Urge your Senators and Representative to cosponsor the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act or thank those that have already cosponsored. Take a minute to personalize the letter provided and explain why you support this bill, allowing more American students to get the global skills they need to succeed.

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Advocate of the Year

On May 11, NAFSA presented Shannon Bedo of Houston Baptist University the 2020 Advocate of the Year award.

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Advocacy Day

Speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you! Educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States.

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