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Two higher-education associations released statements on Wednesday opposing the U.S. State Department’s move to limit the length of student visas for some Chinese citizens.

The planned directive, as reported by news outlets such as Bloomberg News and The New York Times, means that the time allotted in the United States would be reduced for some Chinese citizens, and would be applied on an individual basis. The changes were part of a White House attempt to combat the alleged theft of American intellectual property by China.

The maximum amount of time given to Chinese student-visa holders is still five years, Bloomberg reported. Consular officers can now also limit or reduce the amount of time that visas are valid.

In a news release the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities urged the federal government to craft policies that do not potentially limit foreign students’ ability to attend American colleges and universities.

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