MSCHE Responds to Proposed ICE Rule

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education submitted comments on October 22, 2020, in response to the United States Department of Homeland Security proposed rule Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media, Docket ID: ICEB-2019-0006 published September 25, 2020.  The Commission urged the proposed rule be reconsidered and that instead admission for the current duration of status remain in effect.

The Commission had also joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and 87 others in a plea to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to extend the comment period. ICE declined the request.

In written remarks, MSCHE President Dr. Heather F. Perfetti outlined the impact if the rule were to be implemented. She noted the negative effect on the richness of the college experience for students, how it would pose a significant economic effect on U.S. higher education institutions due to the potential loss of international students, and how the rule ignores data and represents unnecessary burdens on students to annually complete Extension of Stay (EOS) requests and pay additional fees.

Read the full letter.