To the USA, With Hope

Love is stronger than hate. Getty Images / ipopba From my peaceful and COVID-free perch in Hanoi, I've been thinking a lot about my colleagues in the US who have devoted their careers to working with international students, including many from Viet Nam. Like many fellow citizens, their current stress levels are stratospheric because they … Continue reading To the USA, With Hope

“We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash Here's some (more) recommended reading for anyone interested in the current situation of international students in the US. The authors are Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez and Xiaojie Li, both Ph.D. students at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. This excerpt may whet your appetite to read the article in … Continue reading “We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

“New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

The following "breaking news" bulletin issued by Ware Immigration, a well-known firm in the field that has been practicing immigration & nationality law since 1982, is the most spot-on characterization I've seen so far of the 6 July 2020 ICE (Student and Exchange Visitor Program/SEVP) ruling that Students attending schools operating entirely online may not … Continue reading “New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

SEVP Does An About-Face With I-20 Issuance Policy

My latest essay for University World News is about the June 2019 I-20 policy guidance and the about-face just six months later. As I noted in my concluding paragraph, I give ICE credit for recognising the error of its ways within six months of publishing a policy guidance document on Form I-20 Issuance and School … Continue reading SEVP Does An About-Face With I-20 Issuance Policy

Time & Money for Fake Universities But Not Routine Data Updates

NOTE: Here's the correct link to my latest University World News essay, Vietnamese student enrolment in the US holds steady. Mea culpa! The clock is stuck at March 2019. While information may not always be power, it certainly is helpful in professional decision-making. The last SEVIS by the Numbers update was 10 months ago. I … Continue reading Time & Money for Fake Universities But Not Routine Data Updates

Over 23,000 Vietnamese Students in the US!

While the Open Doors 2014 numbers are impressive, the latest SEVIS by the Numbers statistics are remarkable.  As of  last month, i.e., the current fall term, there were 23,407 Vietnamese students in the US at all levels.  That represents an astounding 21% increase since July 2014, second only to China (22%).  This means that Vietnam … Continue reading Over 23,000 Vietnamese Students in the US!