Supreme Court Update to Executive Order 13780

June 26th, 2017 in Executive Order.

In a June 26, 2017 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay the preliminary injunctions to Executive Order 13780 upheld by two U.S. District Courts (Hawaii and Maryland). This means the 90-day ban on new visas for nationals of six countries  will begin to be enforced within... More

ISSO Travel Advisory – Summer 2017

May 15th, 2017 in Travel Advisory.

Are you travelling outside the U.S. over summer break? Read below to make sure you have all the documents you need to return to the U.S. after international travel. NOTICE: The ISSO continues to closely monitor trends and potential changes in procedure related to international travel and visa applications, including continuing developments... More

Court Updates to Executive Order 13780

May 12th, 2017 in Executive Order.

Court orders from two U.S. District Courts (Maryland and Hawaii) continue to temporarily prevent the Government from enforcing the Section 2(c) 90-day entry bar of Executive Order 13780. The Hawaii Court's preliminary injunction prevents enforcement of all of Section 2 of the executive order, which includes a block on the... More

Executive Order 13788 “Buy American and Hire American.”

April 18th, 2017 in Executive Order.

On April 18, President Trump signed a new Executive Order 13788, entitled, “Buy American and Hire American.” The EO directs the various government agencies to review the current laws governing the H-1B program and suggest changes to prioritize the most skilled and highest paid positions. In addition, the President directed... More

H-1B Premium Processing Temporarily Suspended

April 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended their premium processing service for all H-1B petitions to clear the back-log in regular processing. The suspension, effective 4/3/2017, may last for up to six months or until early October. During the suspension, the ISSO will continue to submit H-1B petitions... More

Revised Executive Order on Travel

March 6th, 2017 in Executive Order.

President Trump signed a new Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The new order, which revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769, halts all refugee admissions for at least 120 days and bans travel for 90 days for nationals of six of the seven countries in the prior EO. It... More

Updates to Executive Order 13769 on Immigration

February 2nd, 2017 in Executive Order.

February 2, 2017 – While the initial language of the EO was unclear as to whether it might affect the adjudication of immigration benefits for persons from the listed countries, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) clarified in a memo that adjudication of applications for immigration benefits would not... More

Executive Order 13769 Bans Travel to the U.S. for Citizens of Certain Countries

January 29th, 2017 in Executive Order, Travel Advisory.

Within his first week in office, President Trump signed several Executive Orders that will have implications for international students and scholars in the U.S. On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. In summary, this order includes the... More

Spring 2017 Check-In and Semester Verification

January 6th, 2017 in Semester Verification and Check-In.

Don’t forget to check in with the ISSO for Spring 2017 before February 1, 2017! All new students and students returning from a leave of absence must register to reserve a time complete check-in. Continuing F-1 students can complete semester verification at certain locations in your schools and colleges or... More

ISSO Advisory for Travel – Winter 2016

December 7th, 2016 in Travel Advisory.

Key Tips for International Travel: Is your visa valid for your return? Do you have a valid travel signature from the ISSO on your Form I-20 (F-1 students) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 students and scholars)? Do you have a copy of your I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt? Are you graduating in January 2017 or is your I-20/DS-2019 expiring? Do you need to renew your visa... More