September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington brought
about significant changes in many aspects of life in the United
States. Two general changes are especially important for Chinese
and other foreign students.
First, it became vital for foreign students
to learn about and abide by the government’s regulations (usually called “immigration
regulations”) regarding students from other countries.
Second, the legal situation of foreigners
in the United States continues in flux. Laws, regulations,
and the authorities’ interpretations
continued to change well after September 11, leaving some matters
related to foreign students unclear.
Both of these important points will be mentioned
again in this discussion of foreign students.
- Basic background information
- Your legal rights
- Your responsibilities