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OISS monitors changes in immigration regulations and policies affecting international students and scholars. Updates will be posted as they become available.


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USCIS confirmed that F-1 OPT “Cap-Gap” Work Authorization Extension is Only Valid Through Sept. 30, 2018

F-1 students who have an H-1B petition that remains pending on Oct. 1, 2018, risk accruing unlawful presence if they continue to work on or after Oct. 1, 2018, as their “cap-gap” work authorization is only valid through Sept. 30, 2018. If a cap-gap H-1B petition remains pending on or after Oct. 1, 2018 the F-1 student is no longer authorized to work under the cap-gap regulations. However, the F-1 student generally may remain in the United States while the change of status petition is pending without accruing unlawful presence, provided they do not work without authorization.

Travel Ban 3.0 is Currently in Effect

U.S. Supreme Court upheld Travel Ban 3.0 on June 26, 2018. The travel ban limits entry to the United States by certain citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.

USCIS Changed How Unlawful Presence is Calculated for F, J, and M Students, Scholars, and Dependents

Effective August 9, 2018 USCIS changed how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for F, J, and M students, scholars and dependents. 


Department of Homeland Security side by side.jpgUSCIS Memo Accrual of Unlawful Presence

Effective August 9, 2018 USCIS changed how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for F, J, and M students, scholars, and dependents.  


Seal of the President of the United States side by side.jpgTravel Ban

Information and resources regarding Presidential Executive Orders related to the travel ban.


Seal of the President of the United States side by side.jpgExecutive Orders

Information and resources regarding Presidential Executive Orders on immigration for MSU students, faculty, and staff. Orders are listed by the date released.


Undergraduate Students

For concerns on how the Executive Order could impact your academics at MSU, contact Assistant Dean Debra Dotterer by email dotterer(at)msu.edu or call 1-517-353-3243.

Graduate Students

For concerns regarding how the Executive Order could impact your academics at MSU, contact Associate Dean Tony Nunez by email nunez(at)grd.msu.edu or call 1-517-353-3220.

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