Effective 3/19/2020, the International Student and Scholar Services Office is closed to the public until further notice. Staff can be contacted during normal business hours by email. Individual Zoom appointments are available, use the link below to book an appointment.
Important Message from the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs and International Student and Scholar Services
We are closely monitoring information about the U.S. Presidential Executive Orders and the impact they may have on our international student and scholar community. Please visit this page for statements, more detailed updates, and new information
We stand with our international students and scholars By: Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington
The values of cultural exchange and engagement are fundamental to our University. They are also essential to sustaining our nation’s innovative and economic competitiveness as we vie for the world’s most talented and creative minds. This ruling must not be the last word.
Justice Anthony Kennedy noted in his concurring opinion that it is now up to the other branches of government to step forward to ensure “that our Government remains committed always to the liberties the Constitution seeks to preserve and protect, so that freedom extends outward, and lasts.” The UW stands ready to work with Congress on legislation that will restore the openness we believe in and that is vital to our educational mission.
NOTE: The information below was accurate at the time of posting (June 27, 2018). For the most up-to-date information about this issue, please visit the Office of Global Affairs site.
Many students receive scam calls or emails. You may be next! Scam artists often pretend to be government employees such as Police, FBI, IRS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They often threaten students to take an immediate action such as making a payment. U.S. government employees will NEVER call you nor email you and NEVER ask you to make payments. Please report any suspicious communication to ISSS!
Unlawful Presence in the U.S.
This means that you will start to have days of unlawful presence right after:
- Your I-20 is terminated
- Your I-20 is completed (perhaps ending OPT earlier than authorized or you request an Authorized Early Withdrawal, etc.)
- After your 60-day grace period ends
INA 212(a)(9)(B) and (C) states: "Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence during a single stay, and then depart, may be subject to three-year or 10-year bars to admission, depending on how much unlawful presence they accrued before they departed the United States. Individuals who have accrued a total period of more than one year of unlawful presence, whether in a single stay or during multiple stays in the United States, and who then reenter or attempt to reenter the United States without being admitted or paroled are permanently inadmissible.
Those subject to the three-year, 10-year, or permanent unlawful presence bars to admission are generally not eligible to apply for a visa, admission, or adjustment of status to permanent residence unless they are eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or another form of relief."