Two NAFSA letters sent to agency leadership ask the agencies to address immigration-related COVID-19 concerns within four major groupings that offer specific examples:
- Protect the immigration status of students, scholars, staff, and faculty at U.S. educational institutions
- Provide flexibility on deadlines, filing windows, penalty counts, reporting requirements, and filing/adjudication processes
- Use a "one government" approach where each Agency and their component bureaus and offices honor each other's COVID-19 policies
- Allocate resources to handle standard seasonal surges as well plan for surges that may come post COVID-19
Read NAFSA's Letters
April 8, 2020 NAFSA Letter. NAFSA requests "that the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) work collaboratively during and after the COVID-19 crisis to ensure efficient visa and immigration processing, to include protecting the immigration status of international students, scholars, and exchange visitors at U.S. higher education institutions impacted by COVID-19, and ensuring the smooth entry this fall of returning, as well as newly-arriving, international students and scholars for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year," and "urges DHS, DOS, and other agencies to continue with the development of creative flexibilities."
March 16, 2020 NAFSA Letter. NAFSA asked DHS to allow for flexibility in adjudication of benefit requests and status determinations for international students and scholars who are impacted by COVID-19 and the measures institutions of higher education are taking in response to it.
For NAFSA letters to Congress related to COVID-19, see the NAFSA COVID-19 Legislation and Policy Resources page.