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What does Biden’s win in the US election mean for international students?

Since Trump took over the White House in 2016, the popularity of the US as a hotspot for global international talents started to diminish. This decline in popularity is a result of unfair policies and strict work-visa rules introduced by the Democratic Party, which were not immigrant-friendly.

Trump also introduced a rule which limited the duration an international student can stay in the US. According to this rule, student visas had a set duration of four years, disregarding the fact that some students who were in school had more than four years left to complete their education.

According to reliable sources, Biden has won the 2020 elections and is on the way to become the 46th President of the United States of America. This can come as a boon to international students who are currently studying in Canada and to the international students who wish to study in the US.

The presidential candidate of the Republican Party, Joe Biden, has time and again made it known that he will strive to reverse the unfair immigration policies adopted by Donald Trump’s administration. He is aiming to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which aims to support and protect illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children. This program will ensure that the group of students who fulfill the criteria under DACA will be eligible for federal loans and grants. Moreover, they will be included in proposals to provide access to community college without debt. Around 215,000 students out of a total of 450,000 illegal immigrant students are eligible for DACA, according to a survey.

Biden can also revoke the rule proposed by the Trump administration, which limits the duration of international students in the US to just four years.

In the sight of the financial crisis faced by students due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Biden’s administration is also positive about providing financial aid to students.

If the Biden administration lives up to its promises, the US can once again wear the mantle of the most popular country for international students.

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