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Penn Philippine Association - Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
The Penn Philippine Association (PPA) would like to offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and many thanks to all those who have shown support so far. As a student organization with members both from the Philippines and with family…

Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration Agencies
Updates Date of Announcement: October 18, 2013 Both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget deal which was signed by President Obama shortly thereafter. Federal workers have been instructed to return to work effective today, October 17, 2013. As federal agencies resume operations, it may take time for immigration-related…

Updated J-1 Scholar Minimum Funding Requirements
Date of Announcement: June 21, 2013 Starting 9/1/2013, the minimum will be slightly raised to $25,400 from $24,595 a year.  Funding requirements for J-2 dependents will not change. For post docs, please continue to follow the requisite stipend levels.  Completed J-1 scholar eforms submitted to ISSS on or after 9/1/2013 should…

Important Travel Update - Additional Inspection upon Entry to the U.S.
Date of Announcement: May 13, 2013 Dear F-1 and J-1 Students and Scholars, Due to heightened security concerns, please note that if you are currently or will be traveling outside the U.S., you will likely experience significant delays when reentering.  Per a recent memorandum from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), all…

I-94 Automation Information Sessions
Date of Announcement: May 2, 2013 As we previously announced, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), began automating the I-94 process at air and sea ports by eliminating the paper Form I-94 as of April 30, 2013. ISSS is offering information sessions…

Scheduled Renovation for ISSS
Date of Announcement: July 25, 2013 Dear Penn Community: The office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is pleased to inform you that we are returning to our newly-renovated space.  Thus, our office will be closed on Friday, August 2 and will reopen at 1pm on Monday, August 5.  We…

DHS will automate I-94 starting April 30, 2013
Date of Announcement: March 28, 2013 On April 30, 2013, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will begin automating the Form I-94 process at air and sea ports by eliminating the paper Form I-94.   At this point, there is…

Be aware of scam emails, phone calls, or letters
It has been reported to our office that one of our foreign nationals was contacted by someone claiming to be a Department of Homeland Security officer.  The foreign national was asked to wire money to a specified account.  Please note that U.S. government officials or agencies will NOT contact you for…


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