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    No Advisors Available May 28th – 31st

    May 8, 2019

    All immigration advisors will be out of the office from May 28th through May 31st at our national association’s annual conference. In addition, that Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day and the University will be closed in observation of the holiday. Therefore, we urge you to submit any inquiries or requests, including travel signature requests, […]

    CBP Update: Alphanumeric I-94s Arrival/Departure Records

    April 25, 2019

    Effective this May 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be adjusting the I-94 number once it is issued to international travelers. Currently, the formatting of an I-94 number includes 11 digits and is comprised of only numbers. Starting this May, the I-94 number will become alphanumeric. The I-94 will remain 11 characters in length […]

    Potential changes to H-4 EAD Eligibility

    March 4, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted a draft proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to end the work authorization of H-4 spouses. This proposed rule would end the current eligibility that H-4 spouses have to apply for the employment authorization document (EAD) card once primary H-1B holder has reached […]

    Revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A

    February 27, 2019

    Effective March 11, 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will only accept the revised Form I-539 with the edition date of 02/04/2019. Any submissions of the Form I-539 with a previous edition date will automatically be rejected. USCIS has also created a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change […]

    International Income Tax Software Now Available

    February 25, 2019

    The Office of International Services (OIS) has recently sent out an email about the International Income Tax Software. We do encourage you to read this email. International students and scholars who worked in the U.S. and received pay in 2018 need to fill out and file tax forms with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). […]

    Non-emergency visa services suspended in Venezuela

    January 28, 2019

    Due to the political situation in Venezuela, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has withdrawn all non-essential diplomatic staff from the country and has suspended all “non-emergency” visa services in Caracas, Venezuela. At this time, the DOS has not addressed whether any services will be available to foreign nationals.  However, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing […]

    New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence

    January 14, 2019

    On May 8, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memo proposing a fundamental change to the way it counts accruing “unlawful presence,” which impacts those of you who are in F-1 and J-1 status, as well as your dependents. This new USCIS policy went into effect on August 9, 2018. In the […]

    New year and new website!

    January 3, 2019

    Happy New Year from the OIS!  A new year brings new beginnings and a fresh new website.  Our office has redesigned our site to better meet the needs of our students, scholars, residents/fellows, faculty and staff. Follow us on Instagram!

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