USCIS Revises Unlawful Presence rule for Students and Exchange Visitors
05/11/2018 Starting August 9, 2018, USCIS will revise how it calculates the accrual of unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors who fail to maintain their F, J or M nonimmigrant status in the United States. Students and their dependents will automatically accrue unlawful presence upon certain triggering events such as failure to complete their course of study or engaging in unauthorized activities. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence and then depart are subject to a three-year bar to returning to the U.S. and those who have accrued more than 365 days are subject to a ten-year bar. For more information and further clarification, please read the legal summary from Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Website.
Travel Restrictions Lifted for Nationals of Chad
04/23/2018 On April 10, 2018, The White House issued Presidential Proclamation 9723 stating that effective April 13, 2018, Chad would no longer be subject to the restrictions and limitations of Presidential Proclamation 9645.
Introducing a new SEVP Portal for Post-Completion OPT Reporting
03/21/2018 On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will launch the SEVP Portal. The portal is a tool that F-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT). If you are currently on OPT, you will receive an email with instructions on creating a portal account on the evening of March 23, 2018. This email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not see the email, check your spam or junk mail folder. If you still do not see it, contact your designated school official (DSO) to have the email sent again. If you have a future OPT start date, you will receive that email on your OPT start date.
For students on OPT, you may submit your employer information through the SEVP portal or through the paper Data Validation form, as normal. For students on STEM OPT, you must still complete a paper Data Validation form for updates to your employment record. A comprehensive SEVP Portal Help Hub is available on the Study in the States website.
Income Tax Assistance for International Students and Scholars
2/12/2018 To assist international students, scholars, researchers, trainees, and their dependents in filing United States income tax returns, the WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education purchases a limited number of licenses for a tax preparation software program called Sprintax. The deadline to file 2017 federal tax returns is April 17, 2018. Learn more information on the International Admissions and Services website.
Beware of Tax Scams
1/12/2018 Some students have reported that they have received a call someone impersonating the IRS claiming that they owe money are then threatened with arrest or deportation. The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. You may always contact our office if you are unsure of a call. Please read more information about this specific scam, and others, directly on the IRS Consumer Alert website.
Supreme Court Allows Trump to Enforce Travel Ban Until Lower Courts Rule on Challenges
12/5/2017 The Supreme Court has issued an order that will allow the Trump Administration to fully enforce its travel restrictions on certain nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, pursuant to a presidential proclamation that was issued on September 24, 2017. For all updates, please read the legal summary from Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Website.
Ninth Circuit Allows Partial Enforcement of Latest Travel Ban
11/15/2017 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued an order that will allow the Trump Administration to temporarily enforce travel restrictions against certain nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, but will exempt travelers with a bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States. For all updates, please read the legal summary from Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Website.
Important News: US-Turkey Mutual Visa Suspension
10/25/2017 The U.S. Mission to Turkey has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey, according to a statement released. This impacts nonimmigrant students, scholars and faculty. Immigrant visa services are not affected by the suspension. Although the U.S. government has not addressed current visa holders, Turkish nationals holding valid U.S. visas should not be affected by the suspension and should be able to travel to the United States, provided they are otherwise admissible. For all updates, please read the legal summary from Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Website.
Travel Ban Suspended
10/20/2017 The recent travel ban changes to the eight affected countries has once again been suspended. For all updates, please read the legal summary from Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Website.
Travel Ban Updates
10/11/2017 - Please be advised of a new travel ban affecting eight countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen), which replaced the former travel ban. It contains an except for Iran for F, M, and J visa holders. Effective October 18, 2017, you will no longer be able to rely on the "bona fide relationship to a person or entity" exception for the affected countries. However, the new travel ban contains exemptions for those who were in the U.S. on the applicable effective date and who have a valid visa. For details, see the link to the legal summary from Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Website.
Resources for DACA Students
09/25/2017 - Although WMU Immigration Services cannot advise DACA students on their personal immigration matters, as it is outside our scope, there are outside resources in the community. You may find the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) website to be helpful.
What International Students and Scholars Need to Know About the Travel Ban
07/21/2017 Please review Fragomen Worldwide's answers to frequently asked questions about the travel ban. The information is based on the latest guidance from the Department of State and Homeland Security.