澳门皇冠手机网站Petition to Simmons University
Allow Simmons University international students to stay in the US
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) recently announced that if an international student is only enrolled in online classes, they will not legally be able to stay in the US. Transferring is unrealistic and for many international students, returning to their home countries is would disrupt their studies, put them in dangerous situations, and contribute to the spread of the virus. International students are a valued part of Simmons University and deserve to be here. Simmons University should create an in-person, 1 credit class that is open to international students that meets in-person, while maintaining social distancing precautions. International students should be prioritized for housing if the campus opens in the fall. The Simmons University Board of Directors should declare sanctuary campus, bar the presence of ICE agents, and have a comprehensive procedure in the event that there is an ICE raid on campus.
澳门皇冠手机网站Petition to New York University, NYU, Mayor Bill de Blasio, President Andrew Hamilton
Protect NYU International Students
澳门皇冠手机网站On July 6, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students who are taking classes entirely online this fall will not be allowed to enter the United States or must leave if they're already in the country. This puts a large amount of our NYU student population at risk. No one should be forced to choose their life or their education. Without knowledge of someone’s health background, taking online classes in the current public health crisis should not jeopardise a student’s ability to continue their educational enrichment. NYU prides itself on being a “global” campus. As students, we must urge our university to protect our international students and the richness they bring to our community. ICE has made it clear that the wellbeing of students on F-1 visas, even with blended classes, is at risk given their reckless and capricious announcement that capitalises on the vulnerability of students at this time. Please help to ensure that NYU will fight for our students and pledge to support them.
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Marco E. L. Mendicino, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)
OPEN DOORS TO ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STARTING IN FALL 2020 - CANADA
Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, countries (including Canada) have limited non-essential international travel. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) states that until further notice, you might not be able to travel to Canada, even if you have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization. However, some travelers are eligible to travel to Canada if they are: exempt from the travel restrictions and traveling for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose Currently, the exemptions for international students stand as follows: “If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you’re exempt from the travel restrictions.” However, we urge the Canadian government to open its doors to all international students, including those who were approved for a study permit after March 18, 2020, into the country for the Fall 2020 semester as their purpose of travel is essential/ non-discretionary. For some students, not being in Canada may limit our learning experiences for several reasons, namely: Students may not have access to proper resources in order to begin or continue their education (ie: high-speed Internet, labs, research libraries, censorship of certain information in some countries, etc.). Time zone differences may affect the ability of students to actively participate in classes. Research/ Graduate students may not be able to conduct their research or have access to resources that allow them to conduct said research. Additionally, it will be impossible for students to participate in select experiential activities that are not easily adaptable to a remote delivery format such as labs, studios, and clinical placements offered in-person. Some students risk losing their funding if they are unable to begin their degree studies in the Fall. Under Canadian law, universities are not able to provide any employment wages until students are able to be present in Canada with their TRV, study permit, resident social insurance number, address, and bank account. However, if travel restrictions are lifted and a student is able to arrive in Canada for the Fall term, then they will be eligible to begin employment as a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, or Graduate Assistant as their Program has designated. Some students feel unsafe in their homes and/or countries. Such places may not be conducive to learning. Being away at school grants them that safety and security, be it physical safety or mental health. Feeling unsafe may limit one’s ability to learn. All students arriving in Canada must follow the emergency order under the Quarantine Act, which includes a 14-day self-isolation requirement. Canada is well-known for welcoming immigrants, international students, foreign workers, and visitors from some 200 countries each year. We hope that in this difficult time, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco E. L. Mendicino, remain committed to serving the needs of all international students.
澳门皇冠手机网站Petition to Georgia State Unversity
Protect GSU International Students from deportation.
There was recently a law passed by ICE, an organization notable for xenophobic, and often cruel behavior. This law prohibits international students from taking more than one online class. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many schools have shifted to fully online, or hybrid models. Because of this, many students are left unable to make changes to their curriculum. To add insult to injury, forcing students to either leave their homes, academic, and career paths is wrong and unjust. Georgia State University, under the eyes of the University Systems of Georgia, this school has to follow through with this cruel law. An email was sent stating that international students can only have one online class, or have their entire lives upended. I am calling for Georgia State University to take more action in protecting its international populace. Georgia State has often prided itself on its diversity in race, religion, and other forms of identity. To leave their students with no help, and no support would be against the very things they celebrate. Georgia State needs to work with their professors and staff to make most classes in-person if possible, or find creative solutions to protect those who need help.
Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, SEVP , U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Let international students stay in the U.S. Say no to SEVP and ICE!
The SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) has just told students in the United States who are studying here on student visas that if their university/college goes to a fully online format, they have to leave the U.S. and not come back for the remainder of the fall semester. "Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction...if not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings." The SEVP simply CANNOT do this to our international student population. College starts as soon as next month for many students. They simply cannot find the time to transfer to another institution as many have already passed their transfer deadlines for the upcoming fall semester. International students cannot be expected to travel under current circumstances. This is inhumane and vile. Many international students chose to stay in the U.S. because traveling back home was risky, or their home countries are blocking people from coming in. These students did not have a choice. Forcing them back to countries where they may not be allowed back in and during a pandemic is unreasonable. For the 2018/2019 academic year, international students made up about 1,095,299 of the student population across the country. Despite some of them being back in their home countries, many remain in the U.S. and we simply cannot crowd airports in this way if they are forced to leave. This poses a real health danger to many people, not only our students. We need to do better for our international student population and put their health and safety first. The SEVP needs to allow international students to continue their studies in the U.S. regardless of how many online classes they take, whether their institution is going fully online or not, allow their student visas to be valid, continue issuing visas regardless of their institutions status, and they need to be allowed into the country if they are already in their home countries and plan on traveling back. Our international students help our economy thrive. They contribute $39 billion to the national economy alone and support more than 400,000 jobs. These students are not only numbers, however. They are hardworking, resilient individuals ready to get their lives started. International students offer more than just their economic contribution, they help enrich our education and the country. Many of these students are making real change in the U.S. and are advancing our society. Why is the U.S. treating these students with little to no decency? THE U.S. NEED TO DO BETTER!
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