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Mobility in higher education and academic training can involve visas, a challenge for scholars from some countries. As a researcher originally from one such country, I can attest that applicants often find the stress imposed by visa inequities and insecurities overwhelming. To encourage an influx of fresh talent, governments must simplify visa processing while still protecting national security. And institutions should take charge of trainees’ visa applications (rather than simply answering visa-related queries) so that applicants have more time for study and research.