Many international students in the US have been impacted by severe delays in processing Optional Practical Training work permits, leaving them unable to start their summer jobs or internships and incurring opportunity and financial cost.
The US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed an increase in SEVP fees for international students on F and M visas by 75%, while schools will see an increase of 76% for certification petition fees.
US assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce, has promised to do more to support the international education sector, saying, "We cannot continue with business as usual any longer. We must step up our game."
International student numbers at US graduate schools have continued along "troubling" trajectory for the second year running, with a 1% decline in international enrolments from fall 2017-18 and a 4% drop in international applications.
At a time when education leaders are expected to be "both futurists and strategists", sessions explored strategies for engagement and employability alongside innovative approaches to mobility at AIEA's Conference.
In a historic move, the US Department of State has officially endorsed the usage of education agents by attending the AIRC conference and speaking in collaborative tones at a plenary alongside counterparts from the US Department of Commerce.