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Update on Proposed Duration of Status Changes

By Shorelight Team
Last updated on July 13, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently proposed new changes that may impact the amount of time international students are able to study in the US.

In late September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed new rules that could impact international students’ Duration of Status (in other words, the amount of time they are legally able to study in the US). You can review the full proposal on the DHS website.  

Nothing has been finalized yet, and there is a 30-day comment period where impacted organizations may weigh in on the proposals. Additionally, based on the outcome of the November 3 election, these changes may never go into effect and/or may receive significant legal challenges.  

How Duration of Status changes could impact international students

Shorelight typically works with universities to issue short-term I-20’s, usually for one year, to enable international students to enroll in pathway programs. The proposed changes could introduce uncertainties and administrative barriers, for both new and currently enrolled students, at multiple points in the visa process.  

Why you don’t have to take any action now

 Remember—current proposals are not yet binding, and there is a 30-day public comment period where schools, members of Congress, and others in the education sector will comment on this proposal. Additionally, if there is an administration change in November, that could have impacts on this proposal, and if not, we anticipate multiple legal challenges that will, at minimum, delay their implementation. 

Shorelight Government Affairs will continue to review these proposals and keep you informed as we learn more. We will be coordinating response efforts with the Presidents’ Alliance and NAFSA, as well as working with our university partners to respond during the comment period. Continue to check Partner News and your biweekly newsletter for the latest updates. 

Have questions in the meantime? Please reach out to your Shorelight representative. As always, we remain committed to putting students first, and we look forward to helping your students achieve their dream of a US university degree.