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January 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome New International Students! 
This semester, we welcomed 12 new international students and 4 new international exchange students. Our new students represent 13 countries: China, France, Gabon, Germany, India, Italy, Malawi, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Welcome new students!
Full-Time Enrollment Requirement
  • February 13 is the last day to be registered full-time this semester. If you are not registered full-time, then your I-20 will be terminated on February 14 per immigration regulations.
  • 6 credit hours = full-time for graduate students (at least 3 credit hours on-campus) 
  • 12 credit hours = full-time for undergraduate students (at least 9 credit hours on-campus)
  • Contact your academic advisor if you have problems finding courses. There are no exceptions to full-time enrollment and the on-campus course requirement.
  • **You must be registered full-time on or before February 13, 2019.**

Pay Your Tuition On Time

  • Tuition is due on the first day of class. Failure to pay your tuition will cause you to be dropped from class and possible fall below the full-time enrollment requirement of your visa. You may pay online through WebAdvisor, in-person at Main Hall on the fourth floor, or by calling Student Services at 303.548.4126
  • Regis College undergraduate students - your tuition was due on January 1. Please pay immediately if you have not done so already.

Are You Graduating This Semester?

  • Graduation applications are due on January 24.  Graduating students will be contacted on January 28 about applying for OPT.  Please watch your email.
  • Your last class at Regis must be on campus - no exceptions! 

Open Advising Hours

  • A reminder that no appointment is necessary during open advising hours. If you cannot come during these hours, then you must schedule an appointment.
    • Tuesdays: 1:30-3:30pm
    • Wednesdays: 2:00-4:00pm
    • Thursdays: 9:30am-11:30am

Have you Moved Recently?

  • You are required to notify the DSO within 10 days of moving. Please email your new address as soon as possible.

EVENTS

  • The Learning Commons (TLC) is your resource for academic success.  They are hosting a number of workshops in January, including APA Writing Style.  They can also assist you with tutoring on various subjects. 
  • The Center for Career and Professional Development. The biggest career fair at Regis is happening on February 5!  Are you eligible for CPT?  Are you graduating and planning to use OPT?  Attend the Career & Internship Fair to learn about employers who are hiring students and graduates.  Networking with employers is important when trying to land a job in the US.  Take Advantage of this opportunity!
  • Prepare for the Fair Webinar - Tuesday, January 29, 5:00pm
  • 2019 Career & Internship Fair - Tuesday, February 5, 10:00am-2:00pm, Regis Field House

GET INVOLVED

  • We are looking for current international students who would like to be an International Student Ambassador for incoming fall 2019 students. If you are interested, please send us an email.
  • The Regis Global Alliance Club is here to advocate for international students and their needs at Regis University.  The club is also here to promote social gatherings and support for international students. Join our Facebook page and contact Shweta if you have any questions about the club.

Do You Have a Story or an Event for February 2019?

  • Let us know what you would like to see in our upcoming monthly newsletters.

February 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Full-Time Registration
  • February 13 is the last day to be registered full-time this semester. If you are not registered full-tie, then your I-20 will be terminated on February 14 per immigration regulations.
  • 6 credit hours = full-time for graduate students (at least 3 credit hours on-campus) 
  • 12 credit hours = full-time for undergraduate students (at least 9 credit hours on-campus)
  • Contact your academic advisor if you have problems finding courses. There are no exceptions to full-time enrollment and the on-campus course requirement.
  • **You must be registered full-time on or before February 13, 2019.**

Tax Preparation

Regis University is not holding VITA sessions this year. Instead, you may use the following services:

  • University of Denver's VITA sessions are open to the public, including international students. You must schedule an appointment to see them. For more information, please see their VITA website.
  • Sprintax online tax prep for international students
  • If additional services become available, an update will be emailed

Open Counseling Sessions

  • The Diversity Office is hosting free Counseling sessions again this semester. This is a free service for all students. All sessions are private and confidential.
    • Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm
    • Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am
    • Coors Life Directions Center, room 124

Final Rule for H-1B Visa Program

  • The final rule for the new H-1B lottery process becomes effective on April 1, 2019 for FY 2020.  The new ruling favors foreigners with a U.S. Master’s or higher degree to have a better chance of receiving an H-1B visa.  The reverse lottery process will now randomly select 65,000 H-1B petitions first and then select the 20,000 advanced degree exemption.  The electronic registration requirement is suspended for FY 2020 until testing is completed.  View the final ruling.

Graduating Students

If you are graduating this semester, you may apply for OPT no earlier than February 4. OPT information was emailed to graduates on January 28.

Open Advising Hours

  • No appointment is necessary during the following open advising hours:
    • Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm
    • Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm
    • Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am
    • Please make an appointment if you cannot attend open advising hours 

EVENTS

  • Career & Internship Fair - Tuesday, February 5, 10:00am-2:00pm, Regis Field House - Don't miss this! Over 50 employers will be looking to hire students like you! Find more information, including employers who will be in attendance, by logging into Handshake. Check our CCPD's website, for more information. 
  • Black History Month - Since 1925, the U.S. has celebrated Black History Month in February (aka African American History Month).  This celebration pays tribute to African Americans’ contributions to the American society.  Check out the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 artifacts, at Regis during the week of February 18.  Location TBD.

GET INVOLVED

  • International Student Ambassadors - Help new students before they arrive at Regis! We are looking for current international students who would like to be an International Student Ambassador for incoming students. If you are interested, please send us an email.
  • The Regis Global Alliance Club - Remember that our international student club is here to support you and advocate for your needs as an international student at Regis. Please contact Shweta if you have any questions or issues that you would like the club to address or if you would like the club to host a social event.
  • Women in Faith - The Women in Faith retreat aims to empower women at Regis University.  They are looking from women who come from diverse spiritual and faith traditions.  Applications to participate are due on February 22. View the application.
  • Open Door Social - Every Thursday 7:30-9:30pm -  Meet and socialize with other Denver-area international students at Bridges International. Play games, eat snacks and meet new friends. Call Ben with any questions at 303.941.4270 *Open Door Social is not affiliated with Regis University*

Do You Have a Story or an Event for March 2019?

  • Let us know what you would like to see in our upcoming monthly newsletters.

March 2019

Tax Update

We now have a page on our website about tax preparation. Also, in addition to DU's and Sprintax tax assistance, free VITA sessions at Metro State are now available in international students. Please find this information and more under the RESOURCES tab.

Workstudy for Summer 2019

If you want to work on-campus during fall 2019 and/or spring 2020, then you must apply for workstudy funds.

  • You must complete the Student Employment Award Application
  • You must note "fall 2019" on the form. You may fill out the application again and note "spring 2020."
  • You must have the award in order to work during fall 2019 and spring 2020

Scammers Target International Students

Scammers are calling international students claiming to be from the federal government. The caller will know about your immigration status and school that you are attending. The caller will say that there’s a problem with your immigration status and demand immediate payment from you, usually thousands of dollars. If you do not pay, then the caller will threaten to arrest or deport you. Do NOT give any information to these callers. Instead, hang up the phone and report the scammer to the Federal Trade Commission immediately. 

EVENTS

  • CC&IS 2019 Spring Virtual Career Fair - This online career fair is for Computer & Information Science majors. Chat with recruiters about job and internship opportunities. Check out CCPD's website for more information, and be sure to register for the event. Tuesday, March 26, 10:00am-1:00pm, online
  • Just in Time Career Fair - This is the last career fair of the semester, and it is for all undergraduate and graduate students! Come meet local companies and organizations. Login to Handshake to see employers who will be on-campus, and find more information on CCPD's websiteTuesday, April 2. 3:00pm-6:00pm, Mountain View Center, Claver Hall
  • Academic Success Workshops: Don't forget The Learning Commons (TLC) is here to help you succeed! They offer workshops every month (Writing, APA basics, Test-Taking Strategies, etc.) and have tutoring services for a number of subjects. If you are struggling in your classes, then this is the time to see them for help.

April 2019

Congratulations to Our Graduates!

On May 4 and 5, 28 international students will walk across our graduation stage and accept their diploma. Congratulations to these students! We are proud of your hard work and educational achievements.

Travel Outside of the U.S.

As we near the end of the spring semester and approach summer break, please remember to have your I-20 signed for travel if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. Prepare for your travel by reading these travel tips. To have your I-20 signed for travel, please do the following:

  • Be sure you are registered full-time for the fall 2019 semester
  • Bring your most recent I-20
  • Stop by during walk-in advising hours (thru May 3): Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm, Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm, Thursdays 9:30-11:30am
  • If you cannot come during these hours, please email lhertel@regis.edu to schedule an appointment
  • If your F-1 visa will expire when you return to the U.S., then you must renew your visa before returning to the U.S.

REMINDER: Taxes are Due April 15

You only have a few more days to file U.S. Tax returns. Tax returns must be postmarked on or before April 15. You can still use Spintax or attend a VITA session at Metro State.

Bus Passes Have Moved

The Cashier's Office has moved to Main Hall 4th Floor as of April 8. To receive bus passes, go to the Student Center as always, then take your voucher to the 4th floor of Main Hall.

REMINDER: Workstudy for Summer & Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

If you want to work on-campus during fall 2019 and/or spring 2020, then you must apply for workstudy funds.

  • You must complete the Student Employment Award Application
  • You must note "summer 2019," "fall 2019" and/or "spring 2020" on the form. You must complete the form for each semester you want to work.
  • You may be awarded up to $2,000 for each semester
  • You must have the award in order to work on campus

Graduates Applying for OPT

If you are finishing all degree requirements this semester and want to work off-campus in your field of study after graduation, then you must apply for OPT. OPT applications opened in February, so please do not delay to apply for OPT. Applying late will cause you to lost OPT employment time. Please contact lhertel@regis.edu to setup a time to meet and apply.

May 2019

Final Rule on H-1B Visa Program

The final rule for the new H-1B lottery process becomes effective on April 1, 2019 for FY 2020.  The new ruling favors foreigners with a U.S. Master’s or higher degree to have a better chance of receiving an H-1B visa.  The reverse lottery process will now randomly select 65,000 H-1B petitions first and then select the 20,000 advanced degree exemption.  The electronic registration requirement is suspended for FY 2020 until testing is completed.  Read the final ruling

Accrual of Unlawful Presence Policy

Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants in F, J, or M status will begin accruing unlawful presence the day after an immigration status violation occurs.  USCIS will count the days that a student or exchange visitor remains in the US after an immigration violation unless a timely-filed reinstatement is requested or the student or exchange visitor departs the country.  Failure to reinstate or depart the US will cause the nonimmigrant to be subject to a 3 year, 10 year, or permanent bar from the US. 

H-1B Cap Reached for FY-2019

The H-1B cap for fiscal year 2019 has been reached as of April 6, 2018. This includes the 65,000 cap and the 20,000 cap for Master’s degrees. On April 11, 2018, the computer-generated lottery system randomly chose cap-subject H-1B petitions from applications received April 2-6. USCIS will refund filing fees for those petitions that were not chosen in the lottery.







For more information about the H-1B cap: H-1B Cap Resource Page

Nonimmigrants who violated their immigration status prior to August 9, 2018 will begin accruing unlawful presence as of August 9.  The unlawful presence clock will continue until the student or exchange visitor departs the country, in which they will also become inadmissible to the US.

Read more about the Accrual of Unlawful Presence.

Federal Review of Nepali Temporary Protected Status

UPDATE:  TPS for Nepali citizens will terminate on June 24, 2019.  EADs that expire on June 28, 2018 are automatically extended through December 21, 2018.  If TPS re-registration is approved again and a new EAD was requested, then the new EAD expiration will be June 24, 2019.  For additional information on this update, please see the links below.

USCIS TPS Notice

Federal Register Notice of Action

The US currently protects almost 9,000 Nepali people from the 2015 catastrophic earthquake. Nepal is slowly recovering but has faced subsequent natural disasters and political instability. A recent report shows that it is not safe for those with TPS to return home. Homeland Security will decide by April 25 if TPS will be renewed for Nepali citizens.

El Salvador TPS Status Terminated

On January 8, 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadorans will not be renewed. The termination day is designated as September 9, 2019. See more information here. El Salvadorans can also seek free immigration advice.  

Presidential Proclamation on Executive Order Travel Ban

On June 26, 2018, the US Supreme Court stated that Travel Ban 3.0 is now in effect for the following countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. The travel ban was previously in effect since December 2017, but Supreme Court ruling now upholds all provisions and preliminary injunctions that had previously semi-blocked the ban.

On April 10, 2018, Chad was removed from the list of countries included in the travel ban and became effective on April 13, 2018. Updates and information can be found at the links below.

On December 4, 2017, the US Supreme Court stated that the travel ban affecting these 8 countries is now fully enforced. Continue to follow updates and reference resources with the links below.

Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation on the Executive Order 13780 (from March 6, 2017) banning or restricting entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States. The eight countries that are included in the Proclamation are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.  Although Iraq is not included in this Proclamation, Iraqi nationals who arrive in the United States may experience additional scrutiny if they pose risk to the U.S.

For additional information and to read the Presidential Proclamation:

Presidential Proclamation

NAFSA Resources for the Executive Order Travel Ban