Will visa delays be what prevents many institutions from hitting their numbers this fall?

Will visa delays be what prevents many institutions from hitting their numbers this fall?

Reported by Education Dive, visa delays by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are making colleges and universities nationwide so concerned about their international enrollment, many higher ed leaders are petitioning congress and the Department of Homeland Security to step in and help expedite the process.

International enrollment is already down 6.8% year-over-year, and many in higher ed are worried that continued visa delays along with anti-immigrant politic rhetoric will send the wrong signal that our institutions are officially closed for international business.

The takeaway? With more than 1 million international students currently enrolled in U.S colleges and universities, continued visa delays and signals of unwelcome toward our international feeder countries could make for another significant injury in an already difficult enrollment struggle.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.