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Post-9/11 impact

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:22 pm
by Paul
The Mantis Visa Security checks seem to having some intesting effects.

International students earn 30% of all PhD's awarded in the US
56% of postdoctoral fellows are foreign born.

For the academic year starting Sept 2004, there was a 32% decrease in applications for graduate school from abroad.

The largest drop was seen in the life sciences.

In 2000, there were 1000 security checks conducted under the "Technology Alert List" basis.

In 2003, there were 20,000 such checks conducted.

The Technology Alert List includes biochemistry, virology and immunology.

Only in 2003 was "Landscape Architecture" removed from the list.




Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA) is, once again, to get a bill through promoting reform to the Visa Mantis Program. His bill, entitled "Furthering Education and Research through Mantis Improvement Act", named in honor of Enrico Fermi, Nobel prize winner for his contributions in developing the atomic bomb, proposes 1) the State department refine the Technology Alert List 2)extention to the duration of security clearance from one to three years and revalidation of visas in the US without need to return home and 3) to allow scientists who have passed security checks to have multiple entries to the US for travel.