Apart from Harvard, other colleges and higher-education groups in the US have shown disagreement with the US Government plans as well.
Harvard University has opposed another federal proposal by the US Government aimed at limiting the length of stay of international students at US colleges and universities to four years or less.
Apart from Harvard, other colleges and higher-education groups in the US have shown disagreement with the US Government plans regarding foreign students.
Harvard President Lawrence Bacow wrote a letter to Sharon Hageman, acting regulatory unit chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on October 16, “The plan is an inappropriate intrusion into academic matters. The proposed rule would create negative and cascading consequences for U.S. research, scholarship and training."
As per the U.S government, this move will reduce fraud and enhance national security. While announcing the new proposal, Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said, “amending the relevant regulations is critical in improving program oversight mechanisms; preventing foreign adversaries from exploiting the country’s education environment; and properly enforcing and strengthening U.S. immigration laws."
This proposal by the Department of Homeland Security may cause financial hardships at U.S. colleges. Because of lower enrollment, especially from international students who often pay the full price, U.S schools already are getting less revenue.
In the month of July, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepted a court order to stop the U.S. from implementing the new visa guidelines which would have sent out foreign students out of the country if schools provide only online classes.