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U.S. Immigration News

Check this page often for information and updates about U.S. federal immigration policy that may affect international students and scholars on F-1 and J-1 visas.


pinned August 22, 2018

Unlawful Presence Announcement

Effective August 9, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has put into place a major change in policy regarding unlawful presence for F, J, or M visa holders and their dependents. DHS will begin to track “unlawful presence” for F, J or M visa holders who have violated their status. Those who accrue unlawful presence can be subject to “bars,” or restrictions on returning to the U.S., for three years, ten years, or even permanently. Click here to read more.  

new update October 16, 2018

Change in Policy on "Notice to Appear"

On October 1, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began implementing a new policy on Notices to Appear (NTA). An NTA is a document that instructs an individual to appear before an immigration judge on a specific date. This may lead to deportation or other types of removal from the United States. Beginning October 1, 2018, USCIS will issue NTAs when certain immigration applications are denied and the applicant has no other underlying legal status in the United States. Click here to read more.


September 28, 2018

USCIS Policy Update: RFEs and NOIDs

On September 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) enacted Policy Memorandum 602-0163, which addresses how adjudicators handle applications, petitions, and requests. The new policy gives adjudicators more discretion in when to issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) and/or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). Click here to read more.

August 31, 2018


Government Processing Delays - General Advisory

The ISSS office recommends that all students allow for additional processing time when submitting immigration related requests to USCIS or other U.S. agencies. We have observed long processing times and delays in approvals with regards to visa applications, OPT and STEM OPT requests, and change of status applications.  Please note these delays pertain to requests adjudicated by government offices, such as USCIS, embassies, and consulates. Processing times for requests submitted to the ISSS office remain the same. Click here to read more.

June 26, 2018

Information on Recent Executive Order

As of June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court has upheld the most recent Executive order/Presidential Proclamation regarding restricted travel from certain countries. The following countries continue to be impacted: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. For details on the current travel situation, click here to read more.   


Last Updated: 10/16/18