Some good news after years of bad. F, J and M visa issuance was up to a record high 710,631 in fiscal year 2008 which ended September 30th. That's extraordinarily good news for the US. Those that stay will help to rebuild out economy and bring vital skills needed for us to compete globally. And those that go home - most of the visa holders - bring back good memories of the US and help improve our image around the world. Plus, American universities benefit from having foreign students who pay full out of state tuition rates and help subsidize student aid for American students.