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Government Relations

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) advocates for research among the various legislative and executive agencies. In addition, the SPSP Government Relations Committee monitors federal legislation affecting science, advocates for funding for social and personality psychology, and collaborates with other social science organizations to do the same.

Latest Advocacy/Policy Updates

ACTION ALERT: Submit Comments on Proposed Student Visa Restrictions - Deadline October 26th

On September 25th, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a proposed rule fixing the initial visa term for all international students, exchange visitors, and foreign media representatives to four years, among other restrictions. The proposal would restrict the initial visa term to two years for individuals born in countries designated as state-sponsors of terrorism and citizens of countries with student and exchange visitor overstay rates over 10 percent. 

SPSP encourages you, if you are able, to submit your own comments. We've included links to four different submission and talking points, or you can draft your own response to send.

Comment submission forms and suggestions:

Stakeholder comments on the proposal will be accepted through October 26, 2020. The proposal can be read in full in the Federal Register.

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