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Cranwell International Center support in light of DHS Proposed Rule

From: Cranwell International Center

As you may be aware, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday, Sept. 25, published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register outlining significant changes to the regulations governing international students. It is important to note that no changes are effective at this time. The changes are proposed and must be fully considered and reviewed by DHS following a robust federal rulemaking process that includes an opportunity for public comments to be submitted on or before October 26. After this deadline, DHS must review all comments received, which may impact the eventual wording of the final rule or whether it proceeds at all (NOTE: As of 11:59 PM on September 27 – only 2 days after the Proposed Rule was published – there were already nearly 11,000 public comments submitted). Only after comments have been analyzed and the proposed rule amended (if at all), may DHS publish (or decide not to publish) a Final Rule in the Federal Register with an effective date.

Cranwell International Center knows that these proposed changes create significant uncertainty and anxiety for you, and we are here to help in any way we can. We again affirm our ongoing support for the international student community at Virginia Tech and recognize the tremendous value international students bring to our campus and to the United States. You are welcome here. You are part of the Hokie family.

Due to the complexity of the proposed changes, and considering the rulemaking process that must be followed, Cranwell International Center will not be communicating any detailed analysis of the Proposed Rule until we are closer to the publication of a potential Final Rule. In the meantime, if you would like more detailed information, you may wish to review a website developed by one of our professional associations in international education designed to track the ongoing progress.