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AAAS Statement on Travel of Chinese Researchers to the United States

AAAS Statement on Travel of Chinese Researchers to the United States

“Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency and the free flow of ideas; these principles have helped the United States to attract and benefit from international scientific talent. Students and scientists from other countries strengthen U.S. innovation. We are concerned about news reports that the U.S. administration is considering further restrictions on visas that could limit the travel of Chinese students and scholars from China to the United States. To remain the world leader in advancing scientific knowledge and innovation while ensuring national security, the U.S. science and technology enterprise must continue to capitalize on the international and multicultural environment within which it operates. We strongly recommend that the administration work with the scientific community to assess and develop potential policy actions that advance our nation’s prosperity. Where specific and confirmed espionage is occurring, action must be taken, but obstructing scientific exchange based on non-specific concerns that could be applied to broad swaths of people is ill-conceived and damaging to American interests.”

– Rush Holt, chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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Proposed Changes to Nonimmigrant Visa Application

on March 30, the Department of State published a proposal in the Federal Register to change the Nonimmigrant Visa (DS-160) application to include information on social media platforms utilized by the applicant going back five years. The request raises some concerns including how to address simple errors versus misrepresentation of information. AAAS commented on a previous proposal to gather such information last year. The deadline to submit comments is May 29.

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