US Immigration to Enhance Student and Exchange Visitor Program
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States announced on April 11 that it had enhanced the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and proposed to increase fees in order to support such improvements.
Millions of students across the globe come to the US to study and take advantage of the excellent educational system of the US and engage in cultural exchange. However, after 9-11, Congress required the Homeland Security Department to implement another way of keeping an eye on exchange visitors and international students. The ever-increasing size of their population also pushed the authorities to come up with a better implementation.
Homeland Security for ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers said that the proposed new rule would ensure that the US will remain as a welcoming place for international students while enhancing the government’s ability to uphold national security.
The major enhancements to SEVP include the The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); one-on-one, customized customer support; additional ICE agents; and a new recertification process.
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