Immigration and Visa Information

ASM and the Visa System for Science

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US government placed new security procedures on the nation’s visa system that made entry into the US for international students, scientists and scholars very challenging.  The ASM along with other organizations in higher education, science and engineering worked with the US government to make sensible changes to the visa system that enhance national security but continue vital international exchange of scientists, important to the nation’s global leadership.  In a spirit of cooperation, the US government was receptive to recommendations for improvement in the visa system and the dialogue continues so that our country can compete for and welcome the world’s best minds and talents.

ASM Statements and Letters

January 31, 2017 - ASM Letter to President Trump Regarding Immigration Executive Order

The ASM sent a letter to the president regarding the potential consequences travel bans could have on both U.S. and global scientific communities. (Executive Order)

May 18, 2005 - ASM Joins Leading Organizations with Recommendations for Enhancing the U.S. Visa System to Advance America's Scientific and Economic Competitiveness and National Security Interests
The ASM joined more than 40 leading academic, science and engineering associations today to urge the U.S. government to accelerate its efforts to reform the visa process for international students, scholars, and researchers. 

March 16, 2005 - ASM Sends Letter to State Department Regarding Visas Mantis Extensions
The ASM sent a letter to the U.S. State Department applauding the extension of the Visas Mantis clearances to two years for scientists and scholars and to four years for students.

May 12, 2004 - Leading Organizations Urge Six Improvements to U.S. Visa-Processing Quagmire
The ASM joined more than 20 science, higher-education and engineering groups urging the federal government to adopt six practical recommendations for solving the current visa-processing crisis, by removing unnecessary barriers to multi-national discoveries. (Press Release)

June 30, 2003 - ASM Sends Letter to Powell Regarding Visa Issues
On June 30, 2003 the ASM wrote to Secretary Colin Powell to ask the Department of State develop procedures and allocate resources necessary to assure prompt and appropriate action on visa requests for students and researchers seeking to study the microbiological sciences within the United States.