Universities Seek US Residency for Foreign Grad Students

June 29, 2012

More than 100 university presidents nationwide have asked President Barack Obama and Congress for legislation that would allow foreign-born students to remain in the U.S. after graduation.

Duke University President Richard Brodhead, who signed the appeal along with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp and North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson, said many of the nearly 2,000 foreign graduate students at Duke are engaged in cutting-edge research that could benefit the U.S. economy.

“It’s just a paradox that we should prepare these people who have these gifts who want to stay here and work and then send them somewhere else,” Brodhead said Friday, noting thousands of foreign students return to their native countries after graduating in the U.S. because their visas expire.

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