News & Updates

Important Immigration News and Information

Protect Yourself Against Scams

The U.S. Department of State has seen increased housing and rental scams in which international students and exchange visitors transfer money before they start their program to a fraudulent realtor or landlord, scamming the victims out of hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Other reported scams involve phone calls from alleged government representatives demanding personal information and money with threats of deportation from the U.S. If you receive any communications from the government, please use the below resources to help determine if they are legitmate.







To learn more about the types of incidents that are reportable to the Department, please see this video

Message from Thomas LeBlanc
The GW president responds to the Trump Administration's travel ban

06/28/2018; reposted from GW Today

To the George Washington community:

This week, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s travel ban. In March, the university joined 30 other universities in filing an amicus brief challenging the executive order on travel and immigration, affirming the importance of international students, faculty and staff at institutions of higher learning.

​The George Washington University welcomes students, faculty, staff, alumni and families from around the world and of all faiths and backgrounds. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment and a free exchange of ideas. We stand ready to assist our community members who are affected by this development. The International Services Office will provide any assistance that it can and will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

Affected individuals who travel outside of the United States for the foreseeable future may be at risk. The ban could be enforced against citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. F-1 and J-1 students and scholars who have a valid visa should be permitted to enter the United States, but they may face increased scrutiny and it is possible affected individuals will not be re-admitted to the United States. External immigration counsel is available to provide pro bono legal advice.

For questions or concerns, please contact the International Services Office at [email protected].

Thomas J. LeBlanc

SEVP Portal to Report OPT Information Scheduled to Launch for Students on March 23


The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced yesterday that the SEVP Portal will launch on March 23, 2018. The portal will allow F-1 students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) OPT to report changes to their U.S. residential address, mailing address, telephone number, and employment information directly to SEVP to fulfill their legal reporting requirements. 

Eligible SEVP Portal users will receive an email from [email protected] with instructions to create a portal account. In the meantime, GW F-1 students participating in or requesting post-completion or STEM OPT are strongly encouraged to login to GWeb and make sure their email address is correct so that they can receive communications regarding the SEVP Portal from SEVP. 

Verify your email address in GWeb

SEVP has created a webpage on its Study in the States website with helpful information and resources about the portal for students:

Visit the SEVP Portal Help webpage

Update on Travel Ban


This week, the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) released an advisory regarding Proclamation 9645, which restricts entry to the U.S. for citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. For details and guidance about the Proclamation, please see the Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order advisory on the NAFSA website. 

Read the Advisory

GW community members from the listed countries who are seeking advice or other support should email ISO Director Jennifer Donaghue at [email protected].


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