The US authorities has launched a brand new proposal to limit Nigerian college students and college students from a number of different international locations to solely a 2-year examine visa.
The US Division of Homeland Service introduced the brand new measures on Thursday with an extended record of affected international locations, together with nations in Africa, Asia, Jap Europe and the Americas.
The brand new proposal relies on a ten per cent threshold of overstay. If inside a given yr, greater than 10 per cent of the scholars from a specific nation stays within the USA longer than their visa time period, all residents of that nation are barred from acquiring a four-year visa within the US.
College students that will be affected by the brand new measures, if permitted, embrace residents of nations on the State Sponsor of Terrorism Checklist (Iran, Syria, Sudan, PRK – North Korea), and unaccredited faculty (colleges that do not use E-Confirm).
Individuals who need to oppose the rule have solely Friday to supply feedback in opposition to the directive, in accordance with the Division of Homeland Service.
Apart from the supposed restriction on college students from international locations which were positioned within the overstay bracket, the brand new immigration coverage seeks to finish ‘period of standing’ visas for worldwide college students, alternate guests, and worldwide media,” coverage council adviser on the non-partisan American Immigration Council, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick defined on Twitter.
“College students could be restricted to visas that final 2-4 years, with extensions allowed,” Reichlin-Melnick wrote.
Explaining the intention behind the brand new proposal, the immigration lawyer stated, “The overwhelming majority of those international locations could be banned from 4-year-degrees primarily based on this overstay provision. It is collective punishment.
“This is the perfect instance I may give for why collective punishment primarily based on visa overstay charges is bigoted and merciless. In 2019, six college students from Tuvalu have been supposed to depart the US. One did not. Consequently, the visa overstay fee was 17%—that means all Tuvaluans could be punished,” he tweeted.
The total record of nations whose residents have overstayed their visas within the USA and are topic to the brand new rule if it comes into impact are Afghanistan, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (DRC), Congo (ROC), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon and The Gambia.
Others are Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan.
The remainder are Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.
Based on Reichlin-Melnick, any residents of those international locations who intend to remain past the 2 allotted years can apply for a number of visa extensions.
Approval of the proposal just isn’t sure and will be costly, he added.
The Trump administration has made lowering the stream of migrants into the US one in every of his prime priorities.
Earlier within the yr, his authorities launched a directive to worldwide college students whose programs are on-line to depart the US or switch to colleges which have in-person lessons.