The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a new initiative to streamline the international student visa process for international students seeking to study in the United States. The new initiative called "Study in the States" will examine regulatory changes, expand public engagement between the government and academia and provide a central on-line information hub for DHS and other governmental agencies to provide current and prospective students with updated and relevant visa requirements in a "streamline, user-friendly format." The Study in the States website (http://studyinthestatesidhs.gov) will:

  1. Employ a variety of social media tools, including interactive and accessible information to visually navigate steps in the student visa process on the students' own "Road Map to Success."
  2. Links to social media websites disseminating relevant visa requirements and information to international students, exchange visitors and the academic community.
  3. A blog with posted videos, public service announcements and other relevant news