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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Biocom Advocates to Support International Students, Scholars, and Researchers

  • 2020-06-18T15:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Laure Fabrega

Biocom has been advocating on behalf of research universities across California to ensure that, as our country reopens, visa processing for students, scholars, and researchers are not suspended or restricted. Reports of upcoming executive actions that may do so are concerning as they would significantly impede universities’ and companies’ ability to bring international students, scholars, and researchers to campus and to the workplace, respectively.

A decline in international enrollment would not only threaten scholarship and research at higher education institutions, but also pose many problems for companies engaged in science, technology and innovation. At a time when our nation faces tremendous challenges to prevent, treat, and cure individuals suffering from covid-19, limiting researchers and professionals that would otherwise make vital contributions at hospital and research systems would be detrimental to our nation.

International students contribute $41 billion annually to the U.S. economy through tuition, housing, domestic travel, food, and spending in local communities according to a NAFSA study. According to the Business Roundtable, immigrants account for 25 percent of entrepreneurs in the U.S and support over 450,000 jobs. U.S companies rely greatly on graduates and researchers in Science, Technologies and Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, among others.

You can help amplify Biocom’s message by using our action center to help us tell Congress and the Administration that visa processes for international students, scholars, and researchers must remain intact as our country reopens. To engage, click here.