August 2009

TimesLeader.com ran an article last week regarding the “tighter controls over foreign exchange student programs” that may result from the Scranton situation:

“I definitely think there needs to be more oversight and I think there will be new things that come out of this,” said Miller Crouch, acting assistant secretary for the department’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau, which regulates exchange programs….

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The Obama administration is using the text messaging service it set up prior to the President’s speech in Accra, Ghana, to text Africans about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s seven-nation trip on the continent, ABC News reports:

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Paul Farmer, the Obama administration’s leading candidate (though never formally nominated) to be appointed administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, has withdrawn from consideration for the position, CQ.com reported on Wednesday. Concerns about this vacant post continue to mount, especially as President Obama and Congress work toward reforms of USAID and American foreign assistance:

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reopened the filing period for H-2B temporary foreign nonagricultural worker visas because of a low visa issuance rate, the Wall Street Journal reports:

The congressionally mandated annual cap for H-2B visas is 66,000, and the government has issued only 40,640 this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

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The programs of 77 Youth Exchange and Study (YES) participants, all sponsored by the Aspect Foundation, have been cancelled, reports the Capital Times in Madison, WI:

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While countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia have long used overseas recruiting agents to bolster their international student enrollments, U.S. institutions have rarely used such services. That “tide may be about to turn,” however, according to a report from the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education and an article in the Times Higher Education today:

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Nearly 20,000 H-1B visas are still available for FY 2010, Business Standard, Current IT Market, and IndianExpress.com all report. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates that it has received approximately 49,000 H-1B applications as of August 7, a figure that has remained nearly the same for the past two months.

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The New York Times profiled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent trip through Africa on Saturday, characterizing the voyage as a representation of the people-to-people and “folksy” style of diplomacy she has developed during her time in office:

“Her style is to go heavy on the politics, heavy on the policy, but mix in some real people as well.”

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In a speech yesterday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix, President Obama laid out his vision for the future of the U.S. Armed Forces. Chief within that vision is his recognition that “military power alone cannot be the first or only answer to the threats that face our nation:”

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Seasonal positions usually taken by foreign students on J-1 visas, often on the Summer Work/Travel program, are in many cases being filled by experienced American workers this year, says GlobalVisas.com:

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