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(Updated: July 15, 2020)


COVID-19 and Fall 2020 Advocacy

Current advocacy efforts are focused on COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on the international student and scholar community. In particular, efforts are underway to engage with the Administration and Congress to advocate on behalf of the international student community. There is also pending litigation by State of California and University of California.

COVID-19 and Fall 2020 Advocacy Efforts: 


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Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program Advocacy

In the last several months, numerous trade, industry, and higher education assocations and groups are focusing their advocacy efforts on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT Programs. The OPT program offers talented international students, who complete their degrees, the opportunity to remain in the U.S. for a period of time and enhance their educational experience. Recent media coverage indicates that the current administration plans to curtail the OPT and STEM OPT program. Changing the program would serve to undermine decades of collaborative work between U.S. and international partners in the fields that contribute to the health and economic security of our country.


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What Can You Do?

To urge Congress to support international students and scholars, join NAFSA's advocacy campaign .