On September 16th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched its Study in the States Initiative with the stated mission of increasing American competitiveness by discovering ways to encourage international students to study and remain in the United States. As part of this campaign, DHS has launched a website with pertinent information for international students seeking to study within the United States.

In particular, this website serves as a helpful resource for international students seeking additional information regarding their study options as well as employment eligibility. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano described the website as a “one stop shop” for student visas, visa renewals and informational material regarding visa qualifications. She concluded that she hoped the website would “help us maintain that critical balance between opening our doors to lawful international students who want to contribute their time and talents and energy” and the “necessary precautions to protect against [threats and] protect our schools and universities from exploitation.”