Last week, ice announced that new incoming students will denied entry to USA if the institution plans to deliver solely online learning. Such regulation makes sense; new international students can participate in virtual training and come to US once they have a reason to be on campus. However, the announcement came only after the Agency succumbed to special interests relatively larger current student visa population, which is now free to enter the United States, regardless of whether trained in person or remotely.
As a sophomore at Dartmouth College, some of my closest friends at the University, an F-1 visa recipients, and I saw how international students enhance the campus community. But the Department of homeland security should take care of national security interests of the United States, which undermines when more than one million foreign students have the opportunity to learn almost off campus, and the Federal government cannot track their location. That said, the initial decision of the ice was steep, leaving many in dangerous situations. For example, some of my some of my foreign colleagues who have already returned home, afraid that studying remotely, in the home country may lead to cancellation of visa F-1 visa.
Perhaps instead of completely retreat and resorting to a complete failure of the US to be processed student visa situation through a more balanced approach to reconcile both immigration national security interests, and international student welfare. And it seems that this policy is implemented in Canada.
Despite the grim record on immigration issues, the ruling liberal government of Justin Trudeau is handling canadian student status of foreign cautious. Last week, the canadian immigration announced that foreign students will not be allowed into the country until their institutions to resume. Entrance will only be allowed to individual discretion if you can prove that they should be on campus. Most canadian universities deliver completely virtual learningexcept for a few specific stem programs that show in the laboratory components. This canadian policy is in line with the right concepts that enter the country should be permitted only to those who have a legitimate reason for this; only when international students have a reason to be on campus may only be allowed to study in this country.
Marguerite Telford, Director of the Center for public Affairs, drew the analogy for tourist visas, to explain this idea. Despite closing their doors to visitors, many museums offer virtual tours. Issuing a student visa to someone is studying in a virtual school is akin to the country issuing the visa of the visitor in the planning of a foreigner to participate in a virtual tour of the Museum: what unnecessary and ridiculous. Canada has adopted this faith in the formation of his student visa policy; however, he was simultaneously adopted a number of measures to mitigate any concerns foreign students.
Canada got what they not their visa cancelled to temporarily continue their education abroad, almost. Further, foreign students already in the country haven’t been instructed to leave; if they do it voluntarily, but they will not be granted re-entry to campus will resume instruction in their school. Of course, the decision of Canada is not absolutely certain because it has upset normal migration lawyerswho urging the government to identify each foreign student as “essential”. However, viewed through a rational lens, politics is a pragmatic middle: foreign students from outside of Canada will return only when campus is open and they have a clear reason for this, but they will not be fined by visa reasons for study are from abroad and within the country can stay put.
Among COVID-19 pandemic, Canada pragmatic led his student visa situation, balancing national security and international student interests – the US approach have also been adopted. However, in America, negotiation is difficult when stakeholders, e.g., higher education, industry, refuse to cooperate. Unfortunately, the authorities ‘ reaction should not be completely low bow. Strong immigration policy requires making hard decisions. Meanwhile, we’re stuck with the surrender without compromise – and that does not put first the interests.
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