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Proposed Increase for Student and Exchange Visitors Programs

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to increase program fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.  Under the changes, F and M visa applicants would have to pay an increase of 75% for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee. The fee for universities seeking certification from the government to enroll international students would increase 76%. DHS has said the increases are intended to address gaps in funding for the program.

In comments submitted on the proposed rule, the American Council on Education and other higher education associations stated that the fee increases, along with a broader shift in tone and visa-related policies proposed by the Trump Administration, reinforce a troubling message and exacerbate a downward trend in international student enrollment. The National Science Foundation’s most recent Science and Engineering Indicators report showed a 2.2% drop in undergraduate enrollments and a 5.5% drop in graduate enrollments for international students from fall 2016 to fall 2017. The final rule is expected later this year. ​​​​

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