Optional Practical Training (OPT): A Key Driver to Study in the U.S.

Summary International students benefit not only our colleges and universities, but also U.S. businesses, organizations, and the wider economy. Optional Practical Training (OPT), an experiential learning opportunity and work program available to international students upon the completion of their studies, is a key channel through which highly skilled immigrants contribute to American higher education and […]

Rethinking Tuition for Undocumented Students Through ITAs

Rethinking Tuition for Undocumented Students Through Interstate Tuition Agreements (ITAs): A Way Forward? Substantial hurdles remain for undocumented students to access and graduate from higher education institutions. These hurdles include being barred from enrolling in public institutions in three states (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) and facing restrictions on accessing in-state tuition in five more […]

Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants

In September of 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration; FWD.us, Niskanen Center, TheDream.US, and United We Dream released a groundbreaking report that urges Congress and state legislatures to expand access to professional, business, and commercial licenses (also known as “occupational licenses”) to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status […]

Ending DACA Would Limit Access to Higher Education in Ten States

Ending DACA Would Limit Access to Higher Education in Ten States This policy brief examines the impact of ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on access to higher education in ten states. The brief notes that ending DACA would potentially block thousands of current DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals from either enrolling in public […]