Root Law Group Supports U.S. Senators Asking USCIS to Stop Punishing International Students

Root Law Group Supports U.S. Senators Asking USCIS to Stop Punishing International Students

Root Law Group Supports U.S. Senators Asking USCIS to Stop Punishing International Students

On August 9, USCIS issued a new guidance, changing thepolicy on accrued unlawful presence by nonimmigrant student and exchangevisitors. According the new policy, “individuals on student visas wouldimmediately begin accruing unlawful presence in the United States if they leftschool or worked without authorization, even if they were never notified of theviolation by USCIS or an immigration judge.” (See AILA Doc. No. 18112939)

Not only is the new policy unfair to international student, but it is also harmful to the U.S. economy and educational system. Colleges and universities in the United States compete with the world to attract the brightest minds and best students from around the globe. International students enrich the U.S. economy and communities by providing essential skills and offering cultural diversity. They are behind some of the most prolific scientific research and groundbreaking tech innovations that move the U.S. economy forward. International students are also a viable asset to the U.S. in building diplomatic relationships with other countries.

In addition to this, international student and exchange visitor contribute the U.S. economy through tuition payments, living expenses, and any other expenses they might have while maintaining their life in the U.S.

“Unnecessarily subjecting students and scholars to the unlawful presence bars is unfair and counterproductive to research and innovation that drives our economy.” – U.S. Senators. (See AILA Doc. No. 18112939)

Immigration law is complex and ever-changing. Severely punishing international students with deportation and/or bars from re-entry for minor failures to comply with immigration rules and regulations is damaging to the United States economy.

It is important to develop a fair approach to enforcingimmigration rules and regulations on international students and exchangevisitors. Meanwhile, returning to the prior policy would be a better solution.