AIGA and Design Educators Community Stand in Solidarity with International Students and Graduates
By AIGA July 10, 2020
AIGA and Design Educators Community Stand in Solidarity with International Students and Graduates
By AIGA July 10, 2020
AIGA and Design Educators Community Stand in Solidarity with International Students and Graduates
By AIGA July 10, 2020

UPDATE: This week, the Administration rescinded the policy. International students will not be required to attend in-person classes to remain in the U.S.

 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently announced modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. This announcement places restrictions on F-1 or M-1 (non-immigrant visa) students, which will require many international students to leave the U.S. unless they meet requirements outlined by ICE. 

These restrictions have the potential to derail the academic careers and the personal lives of young creatives at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These actions may end a student’s potential career if their education cannot be continued. Above all, the students impacted are people—people deserving of respect, compassion, care, and an education of their choosing.

AIGA and the Design Educators Community, ask you to learn more about this issue and help us take action. Whether through contacting elected officials, speaking up to challenge policies that could negatively affect students in the U.S. on non-immigrant visas, or ensuring that universities and design schools offer safe hybrid learning opportunities and make statements of solidarity, there is a role we can each play. AIGA acknowledges that we are not the experts in this rapidly evolving issue and we encourage our community to refer to the ICE announcement and FAQ document for full details

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