Dozens of American academic groups have taken a stance against a Trump administration proposal to toughen scrutiny of some U.S. visa applicants. The groups say it will have a chilling effect on international students studying in the United States.
The U.S. State Department has proposed requiring about 65,000 visa applicants per year to provide all prior passport numbers, five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information. The applicants would be those whom consular officers believe warrant enhanced screening.
More than 50 academic and educational groups across a range of social and physical sciences and representing college admission counselors and advisers were represented in a letter to the administration, outlining their concerns.
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