Updates on Executive Order “Travel Bans”

*Update* – On November 13, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order to stay (suspend) the Hawaiian District Court’s October 20, 2017 preliminary injunction against entry restrictions on nationals of six countries, except as related to foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or Read More »

Stricter Scrutiny for all Visa Applicants

*UPDATE* In early May, 2017, the U.S. Department of State created a new form (DS-5535), as part of the President’s “extreme vetting” directive, that is now in use to collect additional information not already captured on the basic DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form. Only certain applicants for U.S. visas who have been chosen for Read More »

Nonimmigrant visa suspension in Turkey

*UPDATE* November 10, 2017: the U.S. Mission toTurkey has resumed issuing nonimmigrant visas. Visa interviews will take place on a limited basis at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. If a visa applicant’s appointment was cancelled during the visa suspension period, the applicant can go online ( www.usvisa-info.com) to schedule Read More »

USCIS to require interviews for employment-based green card applicants

August 29, 2017: USCIS announced earlier this week that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for individuals filing applications that would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, USCIS will begin to phase-in interviews for the following applicants: 1. employment-based adjustment of status applications (I-485), and 2. certain refugee/asylee Read More »

Nonimmigrant visa suspension and reduction in Russia

August 21, 2017: The U.S. Embassy in Russia announced that it is suspending all nonimmigrant visa operations for eight days, from August 23 through August 31, 2017. Nonimmigrant visa operations will resume on a reduced basis starting September 1, with appointments being held ONLY at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Nonimmigrant visa processing at the Read More »

IRS Phone Scam and NC State University Police

August 21, 2017: NC State University Police are investigating a phone scam operation impacting the campus community. The phony callers are representing themselves as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents attempting to collect an outstanding debt.  The scammers are asking for payment with gift cards or iTunes cards. The phony calls also appear to be coming Read More »

Electronic Device Restrictions on Certain Flights to the U.S.

*Update* On July 5, 2017, the U.S. government lifted the electronics ban (on devices larger than smartphones in the main passenger cabin) on flights to the U.S. from Dubai and Istanbul after airlines in those countries implemented additional security measures. Last week DHS lifted the ban for flights from Abu Dhabi for the same reason. Read More »

Department of Labor to increase enforcement of immigration (H-1B) rules

On June 7, 2017, the Secretary of Labor for the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce its rules and regulations to combat fraud and abuse in employment-based nonimmigrant visa programs. DOL will increase audits and investigations into employer compliance with foreign labor wage rules, and might also Read More »

General Guidance for International Travel

The following are general recommendations for foreign national faculty, staff, students and postdocs: International Employment (IE) continues to recommend that individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen avoid international travel. NC State-sponsored foreign national students and exchange visitors are encouraged to consult with the Office of International Services (OIS) before making any Read More »