August 9, 2018
August 9, 2018: New policy regarding unlawful presence for F student and J exchange visitors
Effective August 9, 2018 a new USCIS policy states that an F or J visa holder who violates their immigration status will immediately begin to accrue "unlawful presence". Per INA 212(a)(9)(B), students and exchange visitors who accrue six months of unlawful presence may be barred fro the U.S. for a period of 3 years, and those who accure one year or more could be barred for 10 years. Prior to this new policy, F and J visa holders did not count days of unlawful presence until a formal finding of status violation was made by a USCIS officer or immigration judge.
As a result of this change, it is extremely important that you take all actions to maintain your immigration status and take immediate action to remedy any status violations as quickly as possible. Please contact the OISS with any questions.
June 26, 2018: Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect.
On June 26, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's September 24, 2017 Proclimation 9645 (Known as Travel Ban 3.0). This travel ban replaces the first travel ban announced on January 27, 2017 and the second travel ban announced on March 6, 2017.
The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. The seven countries subject to the Proclamation are: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. Current valid visas will NOT be revoked. For more information visit the NAFSA resource page
F an J visa holders who are nationals of the seven countries should contact the OISS before planning any travel outside of the U.S. We will keep you posted on updates by email and on this web page.