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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.


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  

Walk-In Advising Hours for Fall 2018

ISSS open advising hours this semester are:

  • Tuesdays: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • If you cannot meet with the ISSS Coordinator during these hours, please send an email so an appointment can be scheduled.

    Bus Pass Information for Fall 2018

    To receive a bus pass:
    • Ask for a bus voucher at the information desk in the Student Center (south entrance)
    • August 27-28 only – go to the Coors Life Direction Center room 125 to ask for your voucher
    • Take the bus voucher to the Cashier’s Office in Main Hall, first floor, to receive your bus pass booklet
    • You are eligible for one 10-ride local bus pass booklet per week
    • If you have courses at the DTC campus or Thornton campus, then email Josh Parsons at and request a regional bus pass – include when your classes are, your local address, how long you will need the regional bus pass, and what you are using it for

    Denver Parks & Rec Center passes are also available to you.  Regis offers these passes because there is no swimming pool on campus.  You are eligible for 2 passes per week, but you must get the passes on separate days.  Denver Parks & Rec Center passes are available at the information desk in the Student Center.  
    *You are only eligible for these passes if you are registered for at least one course this semester (08/27/2018 to 12/16/2018).
    *Passes are only available for you to pick up at the Northwest Denver campus.
    *Passes are paid for by your $25 international fee.

    F-1 Employment Workshop

    Are you interested in working in the U.S.?   This workshop will help you learn about employment options that are available to you on your F-1 visa.  We will discuss on-campus employment, CPT, OPT, STEM OPT, social security numbers, taxes and more.  The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) will also be present to discuss their services and answer your questions about resumes, finding jobs, interviewing, and more. 

    Date:  September 11, 2018

    Time:  2 – 3 p.m.

    Where:  Clarke Hall 378