🇺🇸 Are US visa rules stifling research and innovation? | The Stream

🇺🇸 Are US visa rules stifling research and innovation? | The Stream

For many researchers and academics around the world, studying and working in countries such as the United States or United Kingdom is a major step along the path of career development. But many prospective researchers face a long and tortuous process to get a visa to enter the US – and some are denied entry altogether.

Researchers from countries listed on the Trump administration’s travel ban, namely Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela, have had virtually no prospect of participating in prestigious US research projects or educational programmes for well over a year now. But scientists and analysts from other countries around the world also have to contend with time-consuming and expensive visa applications that routinely demand the submission of detailed evidence on one’s travel, employment and personal history. All the while, scholars from China have faced bans on entry to the US or have been granted shorter visa terms amid continuing mistrust between the two countries over trade, intelligence and intellectual property.

Lead researchers at US institutions say visa rules are now so stringent and exacting that they are discouraging some of the world’s most promising practitioners from even attempting entry to the country. Harvard’s president is among those concerned over the impact US immigration policy is having on faculty and students, while business analysts say walling off access to the best and brightest is a brake on innovation.

We’ll look at the immigration hurdles researchers and scholars face, and the impact it is having on science and academia.

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13 thoughts on “🇺🇸 Are US visa rules stifling research and innovation? | The Stream

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  3. How can science or any other subject go ahead without cooperation which takes place through exchanging students.

  4. Nope 👌 people showing up to mooch welfare don’t contribute to anything but higher taxes

  5. Why people want to go to U.S. ? Even if I was given money to go to U.S. I’d rather invest in Africa than spent it in Abroad. We are are still building America. let’s build Africa now. Africa have the most beautiful places for holidays, like The Gambia, Senegal, Tanzania (Zanzibar),Kenya etc.

  6. What an idiot, Americans have a complicated history with communists,we do not like them. You are open about your status as a communist and you wonder why we don’t want you in our country. The interviewers called you out on it for a reason, communism is anti Democratic …there’s a reason why Hong Kong youths are putting their lives on the line.

    For a bunch of “smart people” you sir don’t know your history

  7. Get your Jazeera’s asses some good barbers for the hali babas moustaches looking ass or come here to scrub toilets cuz shit ain’t that easy.

  8. Who cares? The US has already obtained enough talent, they will survive on their own they don’t need to be the scientific frontier of the world. Let all these researchers’ talents be spent elsewhere. They should be solving the world’s problems, not the US’s. There are so many other options available. I think the US closing their borders in this sense is beneficial for everyone. Resources and expertise are being decentralised and we need more of it. This is good!

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