News & Updates

Important Immigration News and Information
July 07, 2017

The International Services Office is monitoring closely the situation related to legal action and implementation of the travel ban asserted by Executive Orders of the President of the United States; we will continue to post information as it becomes available. For additional updated information, please visit NAFSA: Association of International Educators


On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The order includes a revised ban on entry in to the U.S. of nationals from six countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days starting March 16, 2017, subject to certain exceptions and case-by-case waivers where visas may be granted. The new order revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769 in its entirety, effective March 16, 2017.

The new executive order does not apply to individuals from the six countries who hold a valid visa to depart and re-enter the U.S.  However, beginning March 16, 2017, travel outside the U.S. for current valid visa holders is still risky, until it becomes clear how the order will be implemented, and should be considered carefully.  Dual nationals who present a passport of a non-designated country and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) are excluded from the order.  The George Washington University's International Services Office will update the university community periodically on implementation of the March 6 order.  We encourage affected individuals in our community to read the documents linked below and to continue to monitor news reports when considering any travel plans.

DHS FAQ

DHS Fact Sheet

Read the New Executive Order


Update Regarding Premium Processing

On March 3rd, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that beginning on April 3rd it will suspend premium processing on all H-1B petitions for up to six months.

What is Premium Processing Service?

Premium Processing allows a supplemental fee to be paid for a guaranteed, faster processing time in many employment-related types of applications. Under the program, USCIS guarantees 15 calendar day processing to those applicants who use the service.

Premium processing can be requested by paying a $1225 fee along with submitting Form I-907, and it can be requested at the time of filing the case, or “upgraded” later.

Questions?

If you are a GW employee with a pending or soon to be pending H-1B application, please contact your sponsoring department to understand where your case is in processing, and to explore if Premium Processing is an option.  

If you are a GW department with questions regarding Premium Processing for your employee, or regarding how this change may affect your employees start date, please contact ISO Director, Jennifer Donaghue, at donaghue@gwu.edu


Resources for GW Community Members Affected by the January 27, 2017 Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

 

The George Washington University is tracking developments related to President Donald Trump’s January 27, 2017 executive order on immigration closely.  As GW President Steven Knapp made clear in his statement of on January 30, this executive order “directly threatens the well-being of students as well as of faculty and staff members who come from the affected countries…I want to assure you that we will do all we can to obtain answers to your questions and to support the members of our community who are affected by the order.”

 

GW’s support for members of the GW community from the seven countries affected by this order (including international students, visiting scholars, recent graduates on optional practical training, and international faculty and staff) is coordinated by our International Services Office (ISO).  GW community members from the seven listed countries who are seeking advice or other support should contact ISO Director Jennifer Donaghue directly by phone (202-994-4477) or email (donaghue@gwu.edu).  Additional resources for affected GW community members are listed below:

 

Pro Bono Advice on Immigration Law

 

CARE Network

 

Mental Health Services – Colonial Health Center

 

Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC)

 

Disability Support Services (DSS)

 

GW Police Department (GWPD)

 

GW Haven, Title IX Office

 

Code of Student Conduct

 

Student Grievance Procedures 

 

Additional Resources for Securing Immigration Legal Services in the DC Metropolitan Area & Other Services Related to the Executive Order on Immigration

 

There are also a number of university administrators who are here as resources for students:

 

Peter Konwerski, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

 

The Division of Student Affairs supports the mission of the George Washington University by enhancing the student experience through programs and services that focus on: student learning and success; student and family engagement; and wellness, education, and prevention.  Phone: 202-994-6710

 

Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

 

The vice provost for diversity and inclusion works with senior leadership, administrators, faculty, staff, and students to advance the university’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive community.  Phone: 202-994-7434

 

Douglas Shaw, Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy

 

The International Strategy Division works to make GW a university of choice for international students, enhance GW’s globalization through international partnerships and enhancements to our campus experience, and leverage Washington for global impact.  Phone:  202-994-0562.

 


An order issued by a U.S. District Court in Washington State on February 3rd  bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
 
The US Department of State has posted that the provisional revocation is now lifted, and provisionally revoked visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible. This is subject to change, and it is possible that the Executive Order could be reinstated.  Therefore, GW urges affected individuals already in the US to consider any travel outside the US at this time very carefully.
 
For updated information regarding the Executive Order, please visit NAFSA: Association of International Educators travel advisory website.


The George Washington University's leadership and, particularly, its International Services Office, are aware of the Executive Order entitled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017.

The university values and is concerned about all members of the GW community.  The International Services Office and others are working to understand how this Executive Order will affect students, faculty, staff, and their families.  The International Services Office will provide any assistance that we can to those in our community who are affected by this development, and will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

Section 3 of the Executive Order suspends "entry into the United States" of both immigrants and nonimmigrants who hold passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days (and possibly longer), starting January 27, 2017. The affected individuals include dual citizens and US permanent residents, as well as refugees, from these listed countries.  The list of affected countries may be expanded in the future. The Executive Order excludes those traveling on diplomatic visas (A visas), NATO visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4 visas; they may, for the time being, continue to return to the United States without restriction. 

As a result of this Executive Order, we are warning affected individuals that travel outside of the United States for the foreseeable future is risky because it is likely that you will not be re-admitted to the United States. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy Doug Shaw (dbs@gwu.edu) or Director of International Services Jennifer Donaghue (donaghue@gwu.edu).


EAD Card Filing Fee Increase & I-765 Form Update

Effective Friday, December 23rd, 2016, the I-765 filing fee for an EAD Card increased to $410 and USCIS published updated versions of their forms.

If you need a replacement EAD card, or are filing a new application for OPT, or the STEM Extension, you will need to include a check in the amount of $410 made payable to USCIS, and use the new I-765 form which has an edition date of 12/23/2016.

After February 21, 2017, USCIS will no longer accept previous editions of the form.

More information is available on the USCIS website


Advising Notice 

Effective Monday, October 3rd 2016 we will transition to an appointment booking system. 

To access the Advising Appointment system click HERE


Support for Students Impacted by Violence Around the World

Mental Health Services at the Colonial Health Center (MHS @ CHC) offers support to those that have been emotionally affected by acts of violence in Beirut, Paris, and around the world.

Because MHS @ CHC values diversity and strives to promote social justice for all people, we have staff members representing various racial and ethnic backgrounds available to speak with students. In addition to general walk-in hours M-F 10:00am-3:00pm on the Foggy Bottom campus, we offer walk-in hours for International Students on Fridays from 9:00am - 12:00pm. MHS @ CHC also offers Let's Talk/Hablemos (informal consultation hours at the MSSC) every Friday afternoon from 2:00-3:00pm (see Let's Talk/Hablemos).


International Student Support Group Established

Many international students face some special challenges due to cross-cultural adjustment. Some experience homesickness, loneliness, academic distress, language difficulties, different levels of social and academic success than what they are use to, and even discrimination. 

If you are an international student at GW who is experiencing any of these issues or other experiences, consider visiting the University Counseling Center Student Group at the Marvin Center Room 402 on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45pm. You can get more information on this group by visiting the UCC's Current Group website. 

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