NAFSA Government Connection events offer an online forum for NAFSA members and international educators to interact directly with federal agency officials about topics affecting their work; their international students and scholars; their outgoing study abroad students; and their institution.

Each online forum focuses on one agency and features an official from the agency along with NAFSA staff or NAFSA member leaders as presenters. Participants may submit questions and agenda items in advance of the event, or during the event if time allows.

Live events are free and open to all international education professionals. Recorded events indicated by the key icon below are accessible to members only. Learn more about becoming a member of NAFSA.

Who Should Attend

NAFSA Government Connection online forums are ideal for international education professionals who would like to:

  • Learn about current and future agency regulatory changes and initiatives;
  • Stay informed on the results of NAFSA-agency liaison meetings;
  • Pose a question or raise an issue with a government official;
  • Observe how NAFSA member leaders liaise with agency officials.

Government Connection: A Discussion of the Biden Administration Actions to Attract and Retain Global STEM Talent

July 19, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the White House emphasized its continuing commitment to attracting new talent in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and announced new actions “to advance predictability and clarity for pathways for international STEM scholars, students, researchers, and experts to contribute to innovation and job creation efforts across America. These actions will allow international STEM talent to continue to make meaningful contributions to America's scholarly, research and development, and innovation communities." These actions included new policy guidance on O-1 petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability and on national interest waivers of the labor certification requirement for certain permanent residence petitions, as well as a new “Early Career STEM Research Initiative” via the J-1 visa program.

This event will feature a discussion of these initiatives with Doug Rand, Senior Advisor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Amy Nice, Assistant Director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Your questions will be addressed, as time allows, during the event.

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