Court Updates to Executive Order 13780

March 16th, 2017 in Executive Order.

On March 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Maryland issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, preventing the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780's 90-day entry bar, which had been scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. Also read the court opinion supporting the preliminary injunction order. On March 15, 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

International Student and Scholar Hub

December 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Check out the new International Student and Scholar Hub that highlights resources provided by the Boston University community in an effort to help ensure the academic success and well-being of our international students and scholars.

ISSO to host Town Hall Meetings on new STEM OPT Rule

March 22nd, 2016 in STEM OPT rule.

The newly published STEM OPT rule will extend and expand training opportunities for F-1 students in certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) major fields, beginning in May 2016. The ISSO will hold several Town Hall meetings to explain provisions of the new rule to students and administrators from affected departments... More

New STEM OPT Rule Extends and Expands Training Opportunities for F-1 Students

March 14th, 2016 in STEM OPT rule.

After months of watching the progress on the new STEM OPT Rule, F-1 students received welcome news on Friday, March 11, 2016, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule extending and expanding the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)... More

ISSO Spring Workshops Announced

February 1st, 2016 in Academic Workshops, ISSO Workshops, OPT workshops.

The ISSO is pleased to announce our spring workshop schedule. For dates, locations and session descriptions, see our full calendar. Workshops include a range of topics including Academic Success in the U.S. Classroom, and well as U.S. Employment and Careers: International Student Employment Authorization F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT): Application Basics February 5, February... More