International Students


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International students are defined as students who are enrolled in a college or university and not
permanent residents. There are three different student visas available to would-be International
Students: F1, J1 visa and M1 visa. The F1 visa is for students who are attending an academic program or
English Language program. The J2 visa is for students who are getting practical training, and the M1 visa
is for students who are attending a vocational school.

Senior Yinuo Chen moved to America through her mother’s working visa, and Chen was filed as a
dependent. But when she turns 21, she will have to file for her own visa to legally remain in the country
if her mother doesn’t get a green card before then , so she considered getting the F1 visa. But that
comes with problems.

“There are a lot of issues about international students, like me, who are going to colleges,” Chen said. “If
you get kicked out of your school, it means that you are kicked out of the country. And once you
graduate, you have to get a job to qualify for a working visa. If you are unemployed, you are kicked out.
It is too direct and too cruel to get kicked out of the country.”

Once an international students have completed their course, they are given a grace period of 60 days to
leave, overstaying that makes them an illegal immigrant.
Additionally, International students pay up to three times more than in-state students at public
universities. According to Business Insider, international students are subsidizing public American
universities by $9 billion a year which is 28% of annual tuition revenues from a group that makes up only
12% of the student population.

On Feb. 1 st 2019 there were warnings from US intelligence that China was using student spies to steal
information. In 2017, Ji Caoqun, a Chinese student who would enlist in the US Army Reserve was
discovered. Two years prior he had sent an email to a Chinese national titled “Midterm test questions. In
the email there was information on potential recruits to spy on the US. These warnings have increased
regulations on entry of Chinese students as well as scrutiny.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, new enrollments of international students fell by 6.6%, and this year
enrollments are down an additional 3.3%. This is most likely due to the current climate.

“I think it is good to open the gate to other countries to receive more international students, “ Chen
said. “When the Trump Administration is cutting budgets for some schools like Ohio where they cut 70%
of the budget to public universities, those schools need more international students to pay tuition.
International students are a huge proportion of income to public universities, but President Trump does
not want them.”