ACE and 12 other higher education associations submitted comments May 14 to the U.S. Department of State in response to the Notice of Proposed Information Collection issued in the March 30 Federal Register concerning proposed changes to the application for nonimmigrant visas.
The proposed changes would require all nonimmigrant visa applicants to report five years of identifiers for social media platforms, as well as five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, and international travel. ACE’s comments express concern that these new requirements send a message that the United States no longer welcomes members of the international community and will hinder American higher education’s mission of global engagement.
In addition to ACE, the following associations signed the comments:
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
- American Association of Community Colleges
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- Association of American Universities
- Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
- Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
- College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
- Council of Graduate Schools
- NAFEO- The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
- NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities