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du clarion feature on international students (Sept. 20, 2021)

Read the DU Clarion's article on why international students are drawn to DU.  


Presidential Proclamation and F-1 and J-1 students (JUNE 26, 2020)

You may have heard about the proclamation U. S. President Trump issued on Monday, June 22, 2020. It suspends the entry to the U.S. of certain non-immigrants to December 31, 2020 and extends the suspension of entry to the U.S. by certain new immigrants (permanent residents) to December 31, 2020. The proclamation will be reviewed periodically and can be modified.

This notice addresses the parts of the proclamation most relevant to F-1 and J-1 students. It does not address everything in the proclamation. While it sounds concerning and there are lots of alarming news reports, it likely will not affect you.

 Who is not affected?

 F-1 students

  1. J-1 categories used at DU: students, research scholars, professors, short-term scholars, and specialists
  2. Anyone in the United States on June 22, 2020
  3. Anyone with a valid visa stamp in their passport on June 22, 2020 (the proclamation does not cancel valid visas)
  4. Green card holders (lawful permanent residents)
  5. The spouse or minor child of a US citizen
  6. Anyone "whose entry would be in the national interest" as determined by the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security

What is still possible?

 1. F-1 and J-1 students in the U.S. can

a. continue in their current status
b. apply for CPT, OPT, program extension or transfer of their SEVIS record
c. apply for a change of status to a new status

2. F-1 and J-1 students outside the U.S. can enter the U.S. in F-1 and J-1 status with a valid passport, valid entry visa or use automatic revalidation and valid I-20 or DS-2019 if they are not subject to the entry restrictions below.*

 Entry Visa validity

A U.S. entry visa which is stamped in the passport is permission to ask to enter the U.S. It does not determine how long an F-1 or J-1 student can stay in the U.S. How long an F-1 or J-1 student can stay is determined by the end date on the I-20 or DS-2019 and maintaining F-1 or J-1 status. The entry visa can expire while an F-1 or J-1 student is in the U.S. It must only be valid at the time of entry unless using automatic revalidation.

 H-1B Status

F-1 and J-1 students who are outside the U.S. and have an approved or pending H-1B petition, should contact their H-1B employer or attorney.

 *Note that previous barriers to entry to the U.S. are still in effect.

  • If you are outside the U.S. and don't have a valid F-1 or J-1 entry visa, most U.S. embassies and consulates are still closed for normal visa processing, although many have begun scheduling appointments for late summer, fall and beyond.
  • The U.S. currently prohibits entry to the U.S. by F-1 and J-1 students and others seeking to enter above if they have been in the countries below for any part of the 14 days prior to their entry to the U.S.: China, Iran, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and Schengen area countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).

Please contact ISSS at if you have questions about your F-1 or J-1 status.

Laura Buhs
Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services/INTZ
University of Denver


Know your Rights: What to do if you're stopped by police, immigration agents or the FBI


Dear International Community,

The ISSS staff and I are committed to continuing our advising and personal support for you and are doing so remotely until we are instructed to return to I House. Our web links will take you to Advising options, Orientation information, OPT/CPT application processes and other interesting information. Should you have a question please email and you will receive a reply within 48 hours or less.

For those who have remained on campus, or are in the Denver area, please note that you will be receiving emails and The Globe newsletter (sign up here: Subscription Form) informing you of the latest new, events and (remote) activities which you can join. The ISSS Programming Team is busy finding ways to engage your interest and help you balance your time between studying and relaxing.

While we look forward to seeing you in person once the university decides it is safe, we're only a phone call, Zoom meeting or email away, so do stay in touch.

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

Change of Address

If you are in the U.S. and have changed your address (moved out of the residence halls, moved to be with friends or family), you must update it in PioneerWeb (Click here) within 10 days of the change. Then ISSS will report the change to SEVIS.

F-1 and J-1 Employment and Training

SEVP, DOS and USCIS have allowed few changes to the F and J regulations about employment and training, but most requirement have not changed. Note the following:

  • On-campus employment
    • F-1 students may work from their homes in the U.S.
    • J-1 students with authorization from their program sponsor may work from their homes in the U.S.
    • If you are working from outside the U.S. contact your DU supervisor, because there are tax issues with employees who are not in the U.S.
  • J-1 Academic Training: there are no changes to academic training.
  • F-1 Curricular Practical Training
    • You may work from your home in the U.S. during CPT authorization.
    • If you are authorized for CPT and you are working from outside the U.S. there are tax issues that your employer must address.
  • F-1 Optional Practical Training
    • USCIS continues to process OPT applications.
    • You must be in the U.S. to apply.
    • You are limited to 90 days of unemployment during OPT and 150 days if you have the OPT extension for STEM majors.
    • Time outside the U.S. does not count as unemployment if you are
      • Employed during a period of leave authorized by your employer; or
      • Traveling as part of your employment.
    • Time on an authorized leave in the U.S. does not count as unemployment. The leave can be paid or unpaid.
    • If you have been furloughed or laid off and are not an active employee, the time counts as unemployment.
    • If you are working from home, you do not have to update the employer address in SEVIS and you do not have to update Form I-983 if you have the OPT extension for STEM Majors.
International Students: File Your Taxes Using Sprintax

All non-resident students in the United States who received income in the previous year (including those on post-completion work authorizations) must file a tax return. Please click here to learn more about how to file your taxes. 

Questions about Stimulus Checks you may have received (MAY 6, 2020)

Q1. Does someone who is a resident alien qualify for the payment? (Added May 6,2020)

A person who is a non-resident alien in 2020 is not eligible for the Payment. A person who is a qualifying resident alien with a valid SSN is eligible for the Payment only if he or she is a qualifying resident alien in 2020 and could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer for 2020. Aliens who received a Payment but are not qualifying resident aliens for 2020 should return the Payment to the IRS.

Q2. What should I do to return an Economic Impact Payment (EIP)? (Added May 6, 2020)

You should return the payment as described below.

If the payment was a paper check:

  1. Write "Void" in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
  2. Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  3. Don't staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
  4. Include a note stating the reason for returning the check. 

If the payment was a paper check and you have cashed it, or if the payment was a direct deposit:

  1. Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately to the appropriate IRS location listed below.
  2. Write on the check/money order made payable to "U.S. Treasury" and write 2020EIP, and the taxpayer identification number (social security number, or individual taxpayer identification number) of the recipient of the check.
  3. Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the EIP. For your paper check, here are the IRS mailing addresses to use based on the state:
States Mailing Address


Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, 
Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming


 Fresno Refund
 Inquiry Unit
 5045 E Butler Avenue
 Mail Stop B2007
 Fresno, CA 93888


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 May 29, 2020


As you may have heard, on April 22, 2020 U.S. President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation (not an Executive Order) that blocks the entry into the United States for 60 days of certain new immigrants who do not already have an approved immigrant visa. The Proclamation went into effect at 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday, Apr. 23, 2020.

The proclamation does not impact U.S. permanent residency petitions (labor certifications and immigrant petitions, Forms I-140) the university filed on behalf of current international employees. It does not impact pending adjustment of status petitions (Forms I-485) or the ability to file for adjustment of status with Form I-485.

It also does not currently impact nonimmigrants (such as F students, J exchange visitors, H-1B workers, visitors for business or pleasure, etc.). It does not cancel or affect in any way the validity of a current U.S. entry visa or affect the status of a nonimmigrant in the U.S.

While the initial tweet was very concerning, the presidential proclamation has a limited scope.

Contact me at if you have questions.

Laura Buhs
Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services/INTZ
University of Denver 

Archive 2019

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:



 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.