TLDR: Submit a comment against the new DHS ruling here: http://tinyurl.com/DHSCommentAction
For those that were not aware, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new ruling that would cruelly target international students. Unfortunately, there has been insufficient communication from the university administration on this proposed ruling. The ruling would:
1) seek to eliminate admission for duration of status for F, J and I visa applicants. Essentially as of now, citizens of most countries–there are exceptions based on the institutionalized racism of the DHS—get student visas that last the period of their programs. Under the new rule, the DHS would no longer issue student visas for the duration of study, limiting visas to four, or, in the case of dozens of African, Middle Eastern and East Asian countries, to two years. As such it would make it very hard for all international students, and almost impossible for students of these countries to come to the US for graduate, or even undergraduate studies.