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Niskanen Center: US Should Extend Relief to Int’l Students

Niskanen Center: US Should Extend Relief to Int’l Students

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Key Takeaways:

  • The United States should provide Special Student Relief automatically to international students.
  • These countries include Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela
Think tank Niskanen Center suggested in its latest report that the United States should provide Special Student Relief (SSR) automatically to foreign students coming from Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela to prevent visa gaps among other problems.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gives SSR and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to help struggling international students in improving their lives while staying abroad.
Countries tagged with TPS usually experience grave socioeconomic difficulties such as war, violence, and national disaster. On one hand, SSR are given to students who are affected by world events that cause financial hardships on their part.
While there are policies in place, Niskanen Center Vice President for Policy and Director of Immigration Kristie De Peña emphasized that applying such policies is more complex than it seems.

“For some F-1 students, it may make sense to apply for TPS status. For others—especially those from countries with expectations of shorter TPS designations—it may make more sense to keep F-1 designation to ensure no interruption in their education to reapply for a student visa should their country’s TPS designation end,” Dela Peña writes in the report.

An expired SSR status before a granted visa extension of F-1 students from countries like Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela forces them to halt their education, disrupting their learning in the process.
Hence, to avoid such gaps, the Niskanen Center recommends that support of policies that automatically grant students SSR be pushed.

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