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International Student and Scholar Services

Learning Without Borders

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports internationalization at the University of Denver by serving as a resource to students, faculty, and staff in meeting the needs of the international community on campus.

The International House has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. Staff are working remotely and are available to connect with you virtually or by telephone.

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ISSS hosted a Town Hall meeting on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 12 pm MT to explain a proposed rule to eliminate Duration of Status and its effect on F students and J students and scholars. If you were unable to attend or would like to view the town hall again, please see the recording below or visit the following link:

To view the PowerPoint slides that accompanied the town hall, please click HERE.

Proposed Rule 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a proposed rule to eliminate Duration of Status (D/S). Duration of status allows students and scholars who maintain their immigration status to be in the U.S. for the time necessary to complete their academic activity. Extensions of I-20s and DS-2019s are currently processed by ISSS. 

Instead, DHS proposes that F students and J students and scholars be admitted to the United States for 2 or 4 years and be required to submit applications to USCIS to extend their permission to stay. This change will have many implications for students and scholars. 
The proposed rule will take effect after a comment period which ends Monday, October 26, 2020; a review period; and publication of a final rule which may have changes from the proposed rule.  

Advocacy Efforts

ISSS staff and the DU administration are working on national efforts to support international students and scholars. Chancellor Haefner already signed with other university presidents to request a longer comment period. International students and scholars and allies are encouraged to learn more about the DHS proposed rule and possible actions. See the resources below.


It's tax season!

International students still have to file taxes! Students who earned income last year must file a full tax return. Students who did not earn income must file Form 8843. You can file at any time, but you must file your tax return or Form 8843 by July 15, 2020.



 Congratulations, 2020 International Graduates!

Best wishes to all the international students who are graduating or finishing their programs at the University of Denver! We are excited to celebrate with you as the University of Denver honors the Class of 2020. ISSS is incredibly proud of everything you have achieved including adapting and succeeding during this strange and unusual quarter. If you haven't already, watch the graduation video we have put together for our incredible international students here



Additional information

Useful Websites
Additional Campus Resources

A full list of events and resources can be found on the University of Denver's Diversity & Inclusion website

U.S. Immigration Patterns Over Time: Colorado's International Student Population and Internationalization of Higher Education was a session presented during the Fourth Annual Internationalization.  The presentation provided the audience with information on immigration patterns over time and how to create a more welcoming campus climate for international students.

Health & Counseling Center provides many medical and mental health services. (phone: 303-871-2205; Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Suite 3N)

Employee Assistance Program provides counseling and support for all University of Denver employees.

The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation

Chaplain Gary Brower works with all members of the DU community on issues ranging from interfaith dialogue to spiritual care and counseling. (phone: 303-871-4488; Driscoll Student Center, South, 2050 E. Evans Ave.)

Campus Safety

Center for Multicultural Excellence

Reporting Bias Incidents, Harassment, Discrimination or Gender-based Violence at DU