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Response to Proposal of new rules for international students, visiting scholars and international post-docs

Updated September 27, 2020

On September 25, the US government presented a proposal to substantially change many features of the rules governing international students, visiting scholars, international post-docs, and their families. These proposed rules make it more difficult and costly for students and scholars to remain in the US, pursue additional degree programs, participate in internships and training activity, and raise the potential for severe delays in the processing of applications by the government.

We value our international students and employees.  They bring a diversity and breadth of experience that is vital to the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity at the University of Tennessee.

We are in the process of reviewing and addressing the proposed changes. Regardless of what changes may be implemented, the University of Tennessee will work to the best of our ability to lower barriers for our international students and employees. In the following days, we will be updating this page and providing additional information to help the UT community understand the potential changes and provide resources for individuals to effectively voice their concerns.

Here are some available resources