Duke Pledges Support for International Students In Wake of New US Visa Policies
President Vincent Price and other Duke University officials reached out to international students this week to reassure them that they would be supported in the wake of new policies that policies that may put some international students’ visas at risk.
Below is the letter that was sent from Provost Sally Kornbluth and Executive Vice Provost Jennifer Francis to all international students on 7/8/2020.
July 8, 2020
Dear international students,
We are writing to provide you with our initial assessment of recent guidance released by the U.S. Government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regarding study in the United States in Fall 2020. The guidance pertains to students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs who have an F-1 visa.
Please know that Duke is deeply committed to supporting our international students through what we know is a difficult, stressful and uncertain time for you and your families. We are working with other universities across the country and our national associations to advocate on behalf of international students, and will continue to do so, as President Price has stated. We also encourage you to utilize the resources available at the IHouse, Duke Visa Services and DukeReach if you need further assistance or have specific issues or concerns.
As President Price reported last week, Duke will offer a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses in Fall 2020. We believe this approach will enable continuing international students with a valid visa to be in the U.S. to study under the new SEVP guidance.
The guidance is the same for incoming international students who hold a valid U.S. visa. An incoming international student who has not secured a valid visa or does not enter the U.S. is not subject to U.S. immigration law and thus may take a full set of online Duke classes while residing abroad.
We are continuing to gather information from our visa experts as well as government officials. We expect you have many questions, and we will do our best to provide guidance as we get more information ourselves. Please check https://returnto.duke.edu/resources-for/ for updates. Graduate and professional students should also consult with their schools for information about specific programs.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Durham to safely continue your education and research at Duke.
Sally Kornbluth, Provost
Jennifer Francis, Executive Vice Provost