The US set to restrict Nigerian students, others to two years of courses

International students are set to be restricted to two years of admission in the United States
Ernest Sunday

United States government is planning on restricting international students, including Nigerians, to a two-year admission into US universities due to security issues.

It is not yet known if international students who are already on a four-year course will be affected as the new rules proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and published in the US federal register is scheduled for announcement on Friday.

The new rules have a “maximum admission period of up to 2 years for certain students”, including those from Nigeria.

The countries that are targeted in the new plan are those on the US “State sponsor of terrorism list” and students from countries that visitors have overstay rate of more than 10 per cent.

According to DHS' 2019 overstay report, Nigeria recorded an overstay rate of 11.12 per cent, and also other African countries are above 10 per cent rate.

This comes after the United States President Donald Trump in July attempted to withdraw the visas of international students who receive only online classes in the country.

“A key goal of shifting aliens in F status from D/S to admission for a fixed time period is to provide pre-defined time periods for immigration officers to evaluate whether a nonimmigrant has maintained his or her status,” a statement from DHS said.

“If an immigration officer finds that an alien violated his or her status prior to or during the course of an EOS adjudication and denies the EOS request, the alien generally would begin accruing unlawful presence the day after issuance of the denial.”

"It also said that the proposed rule seeks to reduce instances in which F, J, and I nonimmigrants — mostly students and exchange visitors — “unlawfully remain in the United States after their program or practical training ends.”

"Under this proposed rule, aliens who remain in the United States beyond a fixed time period generally would begin accruing unlawful presence,” it said.

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