June 2011

AED announced yesterday that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with the global health organization FHI, in which FHI will “acquire the programs, expertise, and other assets of AED”:

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 06/03/11.

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According to a notice published in the Federal Register today, the Department of State "is temporarily suspending the application of certain requirements governing program status and on-campus and off-campus employment for J-1 Libyan students". The temporary suspension, which according to the Federal Register notice "is necessary to mitigate the adverse impact upon these students due to political turmoil in their home country," is effective as of today, June 10, 2011. The notice suspends some requirements concerning course loads, duration of status, and employment.

A Minnesota couple has founded two non-profit organizations to promote safer travel for students and exchange program participants, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

► According to a notice in the Federal Register today, the Department of State is temporarily suspending certain requirements for Libyan J-1 students, including requirements concerning course loads and the duration of status.

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Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) yesterday introduced H.R. 2161, the Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America (IDEA) Act of 2011, which, as its title explains, aims at amending "the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States."

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Dr. Sherry Mueller will step down from her position as President of the National Council of International Visitors (NCIV) effective September 30, 2011, according to a memorandum by the NCIV Board of Directors.

The NCIV Executive Committee accepted Dr. Mueller's decision to step down from her role during its meeting on June 8 and expressed its gratitude for the outstanding leadership she has provided during her 16 years with NCIV.

The U.S. Department of State recently released its new iPhone App Smart Traveler, which "invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more", according to the Department's website.

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The UK is planning to cut the number of student visas issued over the next five years by 260,000, according to a recent Times Higher Education article.

The Times further cited an estimate released earlier this week according to which the recent changes to the UK student visa system will also result in cuts to the number of visas issued to dependents of students on student visas by 100,000 by 2015.

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 06/10/11.

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