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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.

Institutional Sign-On to Amicus Brief Defending OPT

NAFSA and the Presidents’ Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration are working to coordinate an amicus brief for higher education institutions to join, to be filed with the Court in the WashTech litigation that is challenging the existence of OPT.

Fight Back Against Duration of Status Change

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that they intend to propose a 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advocate of the Year

Nora Cavazos was presented with the 2019 Advocate of the Year Award by NAFSA President and Chair of the Board Ravi Shankar on March 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. as part of NAFSA's 2019 Advocacy Day.