Friday September 25, 2020 – US President Donald Trump has issued new guidelines for students seeking visas.

The new guidelines are poised to bar Kenyans and other nations from studying in the US. 

The program will also affect exchange visitors and foreign information media representatives.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants students to be barred from getting visas longer than two years. 

This will pose a challenge to those who get scholarships of degrees and certificates offered in a four year period. 

According to DHS, the new measures will encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security. 

 “This effort would create a fixed time period of admission for certain aliens, consistent with most other temporary visa classifications, while still allowing these aliens an opportunity to legally extend their stay or re-apply for admission where appropriate.”

“Amending the relevant regulations is critical in improving program oversight mechanisms; preventing foreign adversaries from exploiting the country’s educational environment, and properly enforcing and strengthening U.S. immigration laws,” DHS stated. 

DHS noted that it will not guarantee applications for extensions of visas past two years as it seeks to solve the issue of students overstaying in the country. 

However, students from China, India, Brazil and Canada were exempted from the stringent measures affecting all other foreign students. 

As of November 2019, over 3500 Kenyans were enrolled at different universities in the US.

Students from countries flagged as terrorist financiers, Iran, Syria, Sudan and Northern Korea will also be barred from 4-year visas.


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