On September 24, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new policy that would limit many J-1 and F-1 visas to a strict four-year timeline and a two-year timeline for certain countries. If enacted, this policy would cause great disruption to international students and scholars, who routinely stay more than four years to complete degrees or research programs.

J-1/F-1 Fixed Terms – Emergency Livestream – 9/30 at 9AM PST
We are collaborating with UAW academic unions from across the country to hold an emergency livestream on Wednesday, September 30 at 9AM to answer questions about the proposed change and how we can fight back to prevent this rule change from happening. We will be joined by Stacey Gartland, an immigration attorney with Van der Hout LLC. To join the livestream and submit questions in advance, click here to register and you will receive a zoom link before the event. The video will also be available at our Facebook page, both live and for viewing later.

How we can push back
Before this policy can go into effect, there is a 30-day public comment period until 10/26/20. Anyone can submit a comment and the Department of Homeland Security is required to read and consider all comments before retracting, modifying or enacting the policy change. Click here to submit a comment! We are also working on comment templates, and more detailed instructions about how to submit comments. Stay tuned for that – we will distribute that soon.

In solidarity,

Marcos Diaz-Gay
UC San Diego Postdoc
On behalf of the UAW 5810 International Scholars Working Group