In a recent, controversial move by the United States, foreign students including Nigerians could be restricted to admission into US universities for not more than a two-year period.
This is according to a proposed controverisal government policy.
This development comes just few months after a failed plan to strip international students of their visas following the Covid-19 outbreak.
The new guidelines which has not yet been approved from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will affect students who want to come to the US for four-year courses.
In the new measures published in the US federal register and scheduled for announcement on Friday, the DHS proposed a “maximum admission period of up to 2 years for certain students”, including those from Nigeria.
The countries targeted in the new policy are those on the US “State sponsor of terrorism list” and students from countries that visitors have overstay rate of more than 10 percent.
In a DHS 2019 overstay report, Nigeria’s in-country overstay rate sits at 11.12 percent.
The DHS said,
“A key goal of shifting aliens in F status from D/S to an 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,”
“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.