美國收緊簽證!影響有意留學者,馬來西亞學生也中招!

2018年12月27日     589     檢舉

(吉隆坡26日訊)美國政府收緊學生簽證,有興趣前往美國留學的大馬人需要高度留意,美國簽證政策變得更加嚴格。

《馬新社》報導指出,特朗普政府8月宣布新的限制性簽證政策,涉及到學生簽證,這可能會影響希望在未來前往美國留學的人士。

包括馬來西亞在內的亞洲學生認為,美國的工程、電腦科學,醫學系等具有吸引力,位於新澤西州霍博肯的史蒂文斯技術學院吸引了大量的亞洲學生,特別是來自中國、印度,大馬學生也越來越多。

一名不願意透露姓名的大馬學生對《馬新社》表示,他對美國的新簽證政策感到十分擔憂,他的夢想是去美國留學,完成學業後希望在美國公司工作一段時間,獲得實踐經驗,然後才返回大馬。

「新簽證政策是否會阻礙,外國學生留在美國實習的傳統呢?」

根據美國統計網站,2017年至2018年,前往美國留學的各國人士依序為中國(36萬3431),印度(19萬6271),大馬則有8271人前往美國留學,為東協地區第二多,僅次於印尼的8650人。

同時,由於擔心新的限制措施會阻止外國學生來美國接受高等教育,包括哈佛大學、麻省理工學院在內的65所美國大學,為外國學生提供了大量支持,並在法庭上聯手挑戰特朗普的新限制性簽證政策。

美國大學警告,新限制將對美國的教育系統造成長期損害,外國學生可能前往加拿大、英國和澳洲留學。

報導指出,前往美國大學留學或其他機構的外國學生人數,連續第二年下降。根據國際教育協會的數據,2017年至2018年美國的新留學生人數下降了6.6%,2016至2017年則是下降了3.3%,主要因素就是簽證政策收緊,並且教育費用高昂。

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Malaysian students among those affected by tougher US visa laws

NEW YORK: Malaysian students interested in furthering their studies at American universities will face a more restrictive US visa policy.

The new policy announced in August by Trump could have a deterrent effect on prospective students wanting to enter the US for higher education.

Asian students, including from Malaysia, find it attractive to study subjects such as engineering, computer sciences, highly specialised branches of medicine, etc. in the US.

The Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, attracts a large number of Asian students, particularly from China, India and, increasingly, from Malaysia.

China, India and South Korea account for some 56.1% of all foreign students studying in the US.

「After I complete my education, I would like to gain some practical experience by working with a US company for sometime before I return to Malaysia. Will the new visa policy deny me what has been a long tradition followed by foreign students who are happy to get some practical training before returning to their native country?」, a Malaysian student who wanted to remain anonymous told Bernama.

The largest number of students in the US in the last two years were from China (363,431) and India (196,271).

Malaysia, with 8,271 students, was the second largest source of students from the Asean region, after Indonesia at 8,650.

Fearing the new restrictions would deter foreign students from coming to the US, 65 US universities, including big names such as Harvard and MIT, have come together to challenge Trump’s new restrictive visa policy governing foreign students in the court.

They warn that the new restrictions will hurt the country’s education system, with foreign students preferring higher education in Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

Last week, Harvard released an 「amicus brief」 voicing objections against US visa policy changes announced in August restricting visa overstay rules for foreign students, and opposed US revision of rules for calculating unlawful stay time for visa-holding students.

The amicus brief supports Guilford College and others in the lawsuit against US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

The plaintiffs called for a temporary hold on new immigration policies that place restrictions on overstaying a visa.

Under longstanding immigration policies, anyone who stays more than six months after the visa expiry can be forced to return to their country of origin, and clapped with a three-year ban from the US.

Under the new rules, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can do away with the six-month period, and one’s stay can be considered illegal a day after the completion of studies or after the visa expires.

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