July 10, 2020
The Catholic University of America is deeply concerned about a directive issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that could affect the visa status of international students across the country. The rules rescind temporary permissions issued last spring that allowed international students to take more online courses than are normally permitted.

Catholic University fully expects to offer in-person instruction this fall, and we will do all we can to ensure that our students are able to continue their studies without disruption. Nonetheless, the news caused distress and anxiety in the international student community. In these challenging times, we as a University community continue to advocate for and support our international students.

Every year Catholic University is home to hundreds of international students from all over the world. They are here to learn, to conduct research and to contribute to our global community. We embrace their cultural diversity, and we welcome the unique gifts and perspectives they bring to the academic enterprise. We support policies that welcome international students to our country, and incorporate them into our community. We stand in solidarity with the international students at Catholic University, and across the nation.

Catholic University’s Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) continues to provide the best service and guidance to our international students as we learn about the new directive.

John Garvey

Aaron Dominguez

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