22 Mar 2016

Foreign students bill introduced in American Samoa

12:07 pm on 22 March 2016

Legislation that would allow foreign students from primarily Asian countries to enroll in tertiary education in American Samoa has been introduced into the Fono.

The American Samoa Legislature Fono building in Fagatogo

The American Samoa Legislature Fono building in Fagatogo Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The bill, sponsored by Senator Galeai Tu'ufuli, would allow approved private schools to sponsor non-immigrant foreign students while they attend classes.

After the students complete their studies they must return to their country of origin or continue their education at schools in the United States.

The move comes as lawmakers look to trigger a 'knowledge-based' economy in American Samoa.

Students must have a housing contract, private medical insurance and show proof of their ability to pay tuition fees and expenses.

Students may not bring spouses or children and they are not allowed to work.