Immigration News and Travel Advisories

Unlawful Presence

Effective August 9, 2018, USCIS made fundamental changes to its policy on how an immigration status violation might lead to a finding that an F, M, or J nonimmigrant should be subject to the 3- or 10-year reentry bar provisions of INA 212(a)(9)(B). Under the new policy, USCIS will start counting days of unlawful presence the day after an F, M, or J status violation occurs, unless the student applies for reinstatement or the student is covered by some other exception to the unlawful presence counting rules. Prior policy did not count unlawful presence until a USCIS official or immigration judge made a formal finding of a status violation.  More information and most current developments can be found on the NAFSA’s Accrual of Unlawful Presence page.

Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order suspending entry into the United States of immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—for the next 90 days.

Since the original Executive Order, there have been multiple court rulings and revisions to the Executive Order. For the most up-to-date guidance and critical information, please view the NAFSA’s Travel Advisory website. Many links to various resources are also available below.

Travel Information for UIS International Students

We understand that students may have concerns about how the new US presidential administration will impact immigration laws. When traveling outside the US, be prepared for more questions, longer lines, and additional wait times going through customs.

Make sure that you travel with all required documents and review travel information on the ISS website prior to departure. We are happy to discuss any concerns that you have during walk-in hours and provide travel advice. Remember, the travel endorsement on your form I-20 is good for one year for currently enrolled students and for 6 months for students on OPT.

If you need a new travel signature, you will need to bring your I-20 and passport to the ISS Office during walk-in hours:  Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am.

We will provide you with a pink travel slip to fill out and you will be able to obtain a travel signature that same day. Please remember to request a signature at least 2 weeks prior to your planned travel.

 

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