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Foreign policy impacting student visas

Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 19:14:03-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  The US State department is working hard to keep you safe from foreign terrorists, but those efforts could affect local school programs.

Apparently, not every student in a foreign country who applies for a visa at the the US Embassy is getting one.

With global terrorism on the rise, public outcry is clearly having an impact on public policy.

Teresa Morgenstern with FSW says, "I think with global concerns there is more security and it is a little more challenging for students to get a visa to come here to be students."

FGCU says most of its foreign students are already in the process of becoming naturalized citizens, so the issue isn't as pronounced there.

But as an institution, FGCU administrators say foreign students have a much larger impact on promoting america than anybody would realize.

Paul Synder is a senior associate provost at FGCU.

He says, students "... can see democracy in action in this country. They can see tolerance here and they have that opportunity to take those values back with them."

Ultimately, both schools agree safety come first, with international diversity a strong second.