Tips to Avoid Common Scams and Fraud Schemes

November 26th, 2018 in Uncategorized.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security routinely issues alerts to encourage international students to take precautions against fraudulent schemes or scams. See the ISSO web page on Avoiding and Reporting Common Scams and Fraud Schemes for helpful links and information about how to avoid common scams.You should have received a... More

ISSO Advisory for Travel – Winter 2018/2019

November 9th, 2018 in Travel Advisory.

Are you travelling outside the U.S. over Thanksgiving or Winter Intersession? November is a great time to renew your “travel signature” and avoid the long lines at ISSO! If you are planning to graduate in January of 2019, or if your I-20 or DS-2019 is expiring, then you may need to take... More

Fall 2018 Workshops

September 17th, 2018 in Academic Workshops, ISSO Workshops, OPT workshops.

The ISSO is pleased to announce our fall workshop schedule on topics including on-campus employment, applying for Optional Practical Training, and Interviewing in the U.S. For complete workshop dates, locations and session descriptions, see our calendar. Additional dates may be added during the semester, including featured workshops and International Education Week... More

Change to USCIS Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F Students and J Exchange Visitors

August 9th, 2018 in F-1 Students, J-1 Students.

USCIS announced a significant policy change relating to the accrual of “unlawful presence” for F, J, and M nonimmigrants. Effective August 9, 2018, any F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor who violates immigration status, may immediately begin to accrue unlawful presence that could subject them to the 3- or 10-year... More

US Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

June 26th, 2018 in Executive Order.

The US Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Proclamation (Travel Ban 3.0), which currently restricts nationals from seven countries (Libya, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and certain government officials from Venezuela) from entering the US in certain nonimmigrant visa classifications. Please visit our Executive Order webpage for more... More

Changes to visa length for some Chinese students

June 11th, 2018 in Travel Advisory.

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has issued guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for a small number of Chinese students beginning June 11, 2018. While most Chinese nationals began receiving a multiple-entry F-1 student visa for a maximum of five years beginning November 14, More

ISSO Advisory for Travel – Summer 2018

May 7th, 2018 in Travel Advisory.

Are you travelling outside the U.S. over summer break? If you are planning to graduate in May or September of 2018, or if your I-20 or DS-2019 is expiring, then you may need to take steps with the ISSO before you depart the U.S. You may have difficulty returning to the U.S. in... More

U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on travel ban

April 25th, 2018 in Executive Order.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on April 25, 2018 regarding the legality of travel restriction splaced on individuals from eight countries. A final decision is expected to be announced in June.

Chad removed from travel ban

April 13th, 2018 in Executive Order.

President Trump removed Chad from the list of countries subject to Travel Ban 3.0, after a March 20, 2018 report from the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of State, concluded "that Chad has made marked improvements in its identity-management and information-sharing practices."

SEVP Launches New Student Portal for OPT Reporting

March 23rd, 2018 in F-1 Students, OPT reporting.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) launched a new SEVP Portal to enable F-1 students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT to create an account and report limited personal and employer information directly to their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) immigration record. Read more