Chancellor Malatras Issues Letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strongly Opposing Proposed Changes to Student Visa Rules

October 28, 2020

Proposed Stipulation Reducing Visa Term Would Jeopardize the Futures of More than 20,000 SUNY Students, Risk More than $400 Million in Tuition and Associated Revenue Losses, and Damage Local Economies

Chancellor Malatras: "SUNY opposes in the strongest possible terms the Department's arbitrary and capricious effort to disenfranchise international students and exchange visitors."

Albany, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras issued a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Regulatory Chief Sharon Hageman strongly opposing a proposed rule change that would impact more than 20,000 international students across SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. The new rule would stipulate that student visas can be granted for a maximum of four years, creating unnecessary, potentially destructive roadblocks to higher education for countless students studying at colleges and universities across the country.

The full text of the letter is available online.

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