Dear AIMBE Fellows and Colleagues:
I am writing once again about another student visa issue that impacts our universities, BME departments and research labs. The Administration has released new rules withdrawing visas for international students planning to attend US colleges that have announced online courses for the fall semester. Further, the State Department is no longer issuing visas to students planning to be enrolled in schools that do not intent to have in-person classes on campus. As many as 1.6 million students could be impacted by this action.
In a letter to the President and Congress, AIMBE and a group of allied engineering and scientific groups, have urged the immediate withdrawal of these rules. These actions place an undue burden on our universities and raises potential risks as institutions seek to implement actions that ensure the continuation of education while protecting the health and safety of students and faculty.
Please consider joining me in sending your Members of Congress an email supporting AIMBE’s position on this matter. AIMBE makes it easy to personalize and send your message to Congress in less than two minutes by clicking this LINK.
Our universities have always attracted the best and brightest to come to America to study and contribute to our nation’s global leadership in science and biomedical research. International students contribute billions to the US economy, enrich our engineering and science workforce, and are a critical contribution to our nation’s global leadership in science and biomedical research.
Please feel free to share this effort and the link with others and thank you for your continued support and engagement with AIMBE.
Tejal Desai, Ph.D.
Ernest L. Prien Professor and Chair
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
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