International students face increased scrutiny after US Supreme Court upholds travel ban
Students from Syria and North Korea are now prohibited from studying in the US. However, at this time, students from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Venezuela, and Yemen are still allowed to utilise US F-, M-, and J-class study visas. The White House does advise that these students will face additional scrutiny during the application process.
Here is a breakdown of what the ban does by country:
US higher education and international student community reacts
Although the United States remains a top international study destination, foreign student enrolment has declined in recent years. The 5-4 ruling from the nation’s highest court brought swift outcry from both international education advocates and US Higher Education officials.
Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, said the decision will contribute “to the perception that this country is no longer a welcoming place for study and research by the world’s best and brightest international scholars and students.”
NAFSA Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy Jill Welch called the court decision a ‘giant step backward’.
Brown University president Christina Paxson was one of the many university presidents who expressed concern for how the ban will impact international students and scholars.
Paxson told the Associated Press ‘the ruling will be used to prevent them from going to American universities to contribute to research, discovery and innovation.”