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Updates from Immigration Attorney (September 17, 2019)

Cover International Student & Scholar Services was delighted to work with Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence to bring attorney Steven Williams to campus. In his presentation, Steven spoke about a variety of current and developing immigration concerns for DU students, faculty, and staff. His presentation included resources for anyone looking for more information regarding subjects discussed. The slides from his presentation are here. We will be bringing Steven back to discuss employment and training concerns more in-depth later this academic year.

Global Friends Program Application Open

The Global Friends Program application is open for the 2019-2020 academic year!

This program is a great opportunity for international students to learn more about Denver and be matched with a member of DU’s staff, faculty, local alumni, or graduate student population. This program aims to help build cross-cultural friendships and help international students integrate into DU and the greater Denver community. This is a friendship program (not a homestay) and is designed to create a cross-cultural exchange. 

For more information at to apply, visit the Global Friends Program page.

Applications are due Friday, September 20th. 

Note to Students REGARDING ICE RAIDS (July 18, 2019)

Dear Students,

There is a lot of fear around ICE raids taking place here in the United States, and ISSS would like to formally address our student's concerns.

As far as we know and have heard from our professional colleagues in the field, ICE is not focused on targeting international students as a group. There are no targeted ICE raids of international students and international students and scholars are not being picked up randomly or without cause. As has been the case in the past, as long as individual international students are in status there is no reason for them to be concerned for their safety. Key steps toward maintaining status are:

  • enrolled in their academic program of study
  • are making progress toward degree completion
  • are not violating the terms of their student status (for example, working without permission) 

Click here for more information on maintaining status. For additional reassurance, please stop by the International House during Quick Question Advising or call us at 303-871-4912 if you would like to speak with an international student advisor. You can learn more about your legal rights in the United States on the American Civil Liberties Union's Know Your Rights page, particularly the section on Immirants' Rights.

ISSS is also working with senior University administrators for attorney guidance and about the question of safety for the entire DU Hispanic community. ISSS will be inviting an immigration attorney to the International House as well to speak with international students. We will share this with the community as soon as it is announced. 

Again, please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

Lynne Warner
Director, International Student & Scholar Services/INTZ
University of Denver

new way to submit announcements to the globe

Wondering how to get the word out about an event, items for sale, rooms or apartments for rent, etc. to the DU Community? Consider submitting an announcement to The Globe, our weekly e-newsletter! ISSS is excited to share that we have moved to an online form to make submitting announcements and news easier for our community members. Submit your announcement now through:


International Student and Scholar Services is currently accepting applications for ISSS Connectors!

Who is an ISSS Connector?  Any current DU international or domestic undergraduate or graduate student who is all about helping new international students in building and fostering community during orientation and their time at DU! 

Click here to learn more about the application process and the benefits! Applications are due April 26, 2019.



 On December 28, 2017, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey announced that political conditions in that country had improved so as to "allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey."** Turkey has also decided to resume services at the Turkish embassy and consulates in the U.S., for citizens of the United States.

**NAFSA--"US Resumes Visa Processing in Turkey"



On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, announced that it has suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. "Recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel," the embassy said. Several hours later, in a similar statement, Turkey's embassy in Washington, D.C., announced that visas for U.S. citizens in all of its missions in the United States have been suspended.


A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii blocks enforcement of the Proclamation 9645 bars on the following countries, effective October 17, 2017: Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The Proclamation 9645 bars on North Korea and Venezuela were not included in the TRO, and remain in effect.
Resources on the recent Temporary Restraining Order:

NAFSA's Section 2(e) Entry Ban Advisory

Ogletree Deakins Travel Ban Update


If you will be travelling outside of the US during the summer, please remember the following:

1. Check the expiration date on your visa prior to travel. In order to return to the United States you will have to have a valid F visa in your passport*. If your visa has expired, or will expire when you are abroad, you need to make arrangements to renew your visa prior to your return to the US. This is best done in your home country. You can find instructions for renewing your US visa on the website of the US Embassy or US Consulate nearest your home.

2. Check that your passport will be valid for more than six months. Your passport must be valid for at least six months to qualify for entry into the US. If your passport will expire in less than six months, you need to renew your passport. You can usually do that either while you are in the United States, or when you return to your home country. For instructions on how to renew your passport while you are in the US, please consult the website of the embassy of your country in the United States.

3. Check your I-20. You will need to present your original, valid, signed, I-20 with your passport and visa when you apply for reentry into the US. If your I-20 will expire prior to your return, you will need to get a program extension PRIOR to your travel. You also need to check your I-20 to verify that the travel signature will be valid when you return. Travel signatures are valid for one year or until the program end date with the exception of students on OPT whose travel signature is valid for only six months.

If you have further questions, please consult an ISSS advisor (

*An exception may exist if your travel is ONLY in North America and the Caribbean. Please see the ISSS travel web page for more information

All DU international students, faculty, and staff traveling for University-related academic and business activities abroad (including home country) are required to register their travel in DU Passport at least two weeks prior to departure.

Canadian Immigration Presentation (March 27, 2017)

Representatives from the Consulate General of Canada, Los Angeles visited the International House to present information about immigration, refugees and citizenship in Canada. Please see the link below for the presentation shown during their visit. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Canada


Two temporary restraining orders were issued in U.S. District Courts this week to stop implementation of key parts of an Executive Order issued 03/06/2017 which was scheduled to take effect on 03/16/2017. Temporarily stopped are:

• Section 2: the 90-day suspension of entry to the U.S. by nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen; and
• Section 6: the 120-day suspension of entry to the U.S. by refugees.

As a result the U.S. Department of State announced that U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to process visas for nationals of the six countries.

Please check the ISSS web site for updates as changes happen quickly or contact an ISSS advisor if you have concerns or questions.

Note to students (January 30, 2017)

Due of the issuance of President Trump's Executive Order regarding travel and refugees, which International Student & Scholar Services learned about late in the day on January 27, 2017, we are advising student and scholar nationals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen not to travel outside the US for 90 days until we can be clear about what inspection processes Customs & Border Patrol are following.

The situation is changing rapidly and we will inform as we learn new information. At this time we know of no DU students, faculty or staff who went through the secondary process over the weekend whether at DIA or elsewhere. If you have other information, please contact ISSS.

Please note that all benefits processing for students and scholars by USCIS including pending OPTs, extensions, change of status has not changed at this time.

Please know that we are available to meet with you to hear about any concerns you may have. I House is a safe space where respectful dialogue is encouraged. If you should be feeling anxious or unsafe we are here to listen, to support you and to provide you with additional resources both on and off-campus.

International Student & Scholar Services values all DU students and we are available for daily advising and appointments. Our availability is posted on our website:

The official travel advisory from the University of Denver

We will keep you updated as information becomes available and can be verified. Please check our website as well for these postings.