Research Policy in Europe and in the US - a Practitioner's View

Visas for Visiting Scientists and Students - Extension of Visas Mantis Program

by Alexander Unkart

Each year, thousands of international science students and scholars apply for visas to enter the United States to participate in education and exchange programs. These foreign science students and scholars are an important economic resource for U.S. universities, colleges, and also research centers.
At the same time, the U.S. has important national security reasons for carefully screening science students and scholars who apply for visas. Since 1998 the U.S. government uses the Visas Mantis program, a security review procedure involving multiple U.S. government agencies as the primary tool to conduct this screening.

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