October 8, 2017
All Non-Immigrant Visa Services Suspended for Travel Between United States and Turkey
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The United States said on Sunday that it was suspending nonimmigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey after the arrest of a consulate employee, prompting Turkey to halt visa services in America.
We are closely monitoring these the developments regarding the new Proclamation as well as the situation in Turkey and will update this page with the latest information. Should you have any questions or concerns about your ability to enter or reside in the United States, please contact us.
For now, we strongly advise any students or scholars from the countries mentioned in the Proclamation and from Turkey to seek advice from Global Services prior to making any international travel plans.
September 29, 2017
DEADLINE Reduced Credit Forms due
To maintain legal status, all F-1 and J-1 students must “pursue a full course of study" at all times. This means being registered for a full credit load (12 credits for undergraduates and nine credits for graduate students). There are cases, however, in which regulations consider a student to be pursuing a full course of study even though he or she is not actually registered for a full credit load. If you are an undergraduate who only needs one or two classes to complete your program, or a graduate student who has completed all coursework but are still conducting thesis or dissertation research might be considered to be pursuing a full course of study even though you are not registered for nine credits. To remain in legal status and take a reduced credit load, you must submit the Reduced Credit Load Form by September 29, 2017.
September 24, 2017
The White House announced a new travel ban, through a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780 which will replace the earlier travel ban which expired on Sunday, September 24, 2017. This new ban designates eight countries to be subject to partial or full restrictions on entry into the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. The eight countries subject to the Proclamation are: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. For more information refer to the Travel Advisory and Resources pages on the NAFSA website.
September 22, 2017
IMMEDIATE DEADLINE October 2017 Graduates
The School of Graduate Studies policy does not require students who graduate in October 2017 to register for the fall semester in which they will receive their degree. However, SEVIS automatically terminates your SEVIS record if a "registration event" is not sent to SEVIS within the first 30 days of each semester. If your SEVIS record is terminated, you will lose your legal status. Students graduating in October 2017 do not have the required "registration event" sent to SEVIS automatically.
We need to identify all F and J students on a Rutgers visa sponsorship who will receive the October 2017 degree and manually "register" each of their SEVIS records. Therefore, you must officially inform us if you plan to get an October 2017 degree so that we know to manually perform the "registration" event on your SEVIS record.
Email the following to Susan Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “October Graduation” by Friday, September 22, 2017:
- YOUR LAST NAME:
- YOUR FIRST NAME:
- YOUR STUDENT ID:
- COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY IN YOUR EMAIL: (see "Important Additional Note" below for a full explanation of the statement):
I plan to receive an October 2017 degree and therefore I do not intend to register for the Fall 2017 semester. I understand, however, that if for some reason I do not end up receiving the October degree I will immediately fall out of F-1 or J-1 status because I will not be registered for any credits. I understand that if I am not absolutely certain I will get an October degree and if I do not want to take the risk of falling out of status, I can choose to register for the minimum number of credits permitted in order to "insure" myself against falling out of status.
September 15, 2017
DEADLINE Health Insurance exemption due
You are required to have health insurance. If you would like to pay for alternate coverage, you must waive the Rutgers student insurance plan through the Center for Global Services by submitting the waiver on the RGLOBAL portal by Friday, September 15, 2017
August 28–September 2, 2017
MANDATORY New International Student Orientation
August 21, 2017
NONIMMIGRATION VISA OPERATIONS SUSPENDED IN RUSSIA The U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia announced on August 21, 2017, that "Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely. Currently scheduled appointments will be cancelled and applicants will be provided instructions on how to reschedule." The Department of State is not revoking visas that have already been issued. For more, see the Department of State fact sheet.
All international students and scholars from Russia should contact the Center for Global Services if you need to plan overseas travel at this time; we strongly advise against travel if you will need to renew your U.S. visa during your travel.
June 26, 2017
PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE ORDER A Supreme Court decision on Monday, June 26 allows for parts of the travel ban to go into effect in the next 72 hours, impacting those without "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States." According to NAFSA (Association of International Educators), most students and scholars should continue to be exempt from the 90-day bar. For the latest news and updates on the Presidential Executive Order, visit NAFSA: Association of International Educators.