Immigration Updates

The ISSO provides information about immigration policy updates and what it means to our non-immigrant students and scholars. 

Frequently asked questions page for current students on COVID-19 and your immigration status. 

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Frequently asked questions page for new/transfer students on COVID-19 and your immigration status.

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For F-1 students take your original I-20, a copy of your passport, your student ID and your I-94 print off with you.

For all other non-citizens, if available, please carry proof of your legal status in the U.S. such as Legal Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), I-797 approval receipt notice, Employment Authorization Document (EAD card), etc. Keep your original passport in a safe place. Learn more

Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs)

Effective 06/29/2021

On June 29, 2021, the Department of State extended the validity of National Interest Exceptions (NIE) for travelers subject to restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) 9984, 9992, 10143, 10199, and similar subsequent PPs related to the spread of COVID-19. Unless otherwise indicated, existing NIEs will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, as long as they are used for the purpose under which they were granted.

Travel Restrictions: Exception for international students & scholars

Effective 05/13/2021

Although travel restrictions are still in place for several countries (see Entry Restrictions for certain Geographic areas below for the countries in question), F-1 students and J-1 Exchange Visitors are eligible for a National Interest Exception (NIE).

  • If the student or scholar will be applying for a visa, the embassy or consulate should indicate "National Interest Exception" or "NIE" on the visa sticker.
  • If the student or scholar already has a valid visa, they will be granted the NIE upon arrival in the U.S.
  • Please note that students and scholars traveling from these countries that will require an NIE should NOT return to the US more than 30 days before the start of the Fall 2021 term. In other words, students or scholars should only return to the U.S. from July 31, 2021 onwards. This is because the guidance applies to students who are beginning or continuing programs that begin after August 1, 2021.


Negative COVID-19 test required for all those flying to U.S.

Effective 01/26/2021

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the U.S. to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days of departure.
  • Even if you have received the vaccine, you are still required to show a negative test before your flight.
  • Please see CDC's FAQs on the topic.


Entry Restrictions for certain Geographic areas

Updated 04/30/2021

A January 25, 2021 Proclamation by President Biden continues the 14-day U.S. entry restrictions on individuals who were recently present in the following list of countries. Travelers who have been in any of these countries in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter the U.S.

  • European Schengen area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Iran
  • South Africa (added 01/30/2021)
  • India (added 4/30/2021)

Those with other visa categories should review the announcement to determine if they are eligible for entry to the U.S.

SEVP rescinds July 6 guidance and July 7 FAQ

Update 07/14/2020 * guidance carries for spring 2021

On July 14, the Student Exchange and Visitor Program rescinded its July 6 guidance and July 7 FAQ. Universities may continue to follow the SEVP guidance of March 9, 2020  and March 13, 2020.







Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) information about applying for DACA. 

1/13/2018 USCIS resumes accepting DACA renewal applications: Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA.  DACA  operate on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.

USCIS updated memorandum on DACA



Immigration Scam Alert


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a immigration fraud alert (PDF). Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline (1-800-323-8603).