Xinhua reported on July 6 that the U.S. government rejected more than 500 Chinese science and engineering graduate students’ visa applications. It appears that the Biden administration intends to continue the erroneous policy of suppressing Chinese graduate students and scholars in science and engineering. The US embassy and consulates refused the visa applications on the grounds that they did not comply with “the US Immigration and Nationality Act, Article 212f, and Presidential Decree No. 10043.” All these students planned to study for a doctoral or master’s degree in the U.S. Most of them have a major in electronic engineering, computer science, machinery, chemistry, materials science, biomedicine and other science and engineering fields. Their universities include Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and others. Most of the applications were submitted after the Biden Administration came to power. According to statistics, approximately 3,000 to 5,000 Chinese graduate students and a large number of scholars in science and engineering will be affected. U.S. President Trump signed Presidential Decree No. 10043 on May 29, 2020.
Source: Xinhua, July 6, 2021