International students & grad workers

On July 14, the Trump Administration rescinded its original guidance barring international college students from staying in the U.S. if their schools move entirely online for the fall semester due to COVID-19. The proposed changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) would have had a devastating impact on AFT members who are grad workers and international students on an F-1 or M-1 visa and international students planning to enter the United States for academic and vocational coursework. According to ICE, F-1 and M-1 visa holders who couldn’t transfer to schools with some in-person learning would have been subject to deportation. It’s thanks to the efforts of student advocates—including the AFT—that this cruel policy was avoided. The AFT remains committed to protecting the rights of our members and the students we serve.  We will continue to monitor developments impacting the SEVP.

  • AFT statement on Trump administration’s rescission of international student ban

ICE’s proposed changes to the SEVP program could have a devastating impact on international students, graduate employees, American workers and universities, and our economy.

  • AFT statement in response to ICE’s planned changed to the SEVP program
  • AFT files an amicus brief along with CWA, SEIU, and UAW in support of Harvard and MIT lawsuit

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