New policy guidance issued last month by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed that Form I-20 must be issued directly to a student, not a recruiter or agent.
The form—which serves as an individual’s Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status—is supplied to international students who have been accepted for enrollment at a US educational institution certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
During a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday afternoon, EducationUSA Branch Chief Fred Boll discussed the message he wants the United States to send to students across the globe.
“The State Department and EducationUSA are focused on sending a clear and positive message to students all around the world that you are welcome in the United States. We want all qualified students to come study in the United States. We have an unparalleled diversity of institutions, opportunities…There are experiences students will have here that they will simply not get anywhere else,” Boll said.
Interested in learning more about international student recruitment in the US?
We’ll be broadcasting via Facebook Live on Thursday, Jan. 31 with EducationUSA’s branch chief Fred Boll. Tune in at noon ET to learn more about EducationUSA resources and priorities, as well as strategies to attract qualified students to the US.
For some colleges and universities, partnering with commissioned agents to recruit international students is part of a multifaceted admission strategy.
Though the use of agents can be controversial, EducationUSA is changing its long-standing policy and will now make EducationUSA information and resources available to the public at large, which would include agents. They will also include agents working with US higher education institutions in EducationUSA events and meetings.
The number of international students studying at US colleges and universities hit an all-time high of 1.09 million during the 2017-18 academic year.
But data captured in the most recent Open Doors report from the Institute of International Educational Exchange (IIE) shows that new international student enrollments continued to fall— a trend first observed three years ago.
It’s officially International Education Week (#IEW2018), a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education worldwide.
At NACAC, we are celebrating this week (Nov. 12-16) by featuring stories from our members about the impact of international education, why they chose to work in international education, and what international education means to them.