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Federal law affecting Iranian students in the energy, nuclear science, nuclear engineering or related fields
  Updates from the Department of Homeland Security / Department of State Date of Announcement: July 29, 2013 The “Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act” was enacted August 10, 2012. According to Section 501, Iranian citizens are ineligible for U.S. visas if they are seeking to enter the U.S.…

Government system problems affecting SSN and driver's license applications
Date of Announcement: August 27, 2012 Dear Students and Scholars, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discovered defects in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database used by the Social Security Administration and PennDOT to verify the immigration status of F and J nonimmigrants. Currently the system cannot find…

SEVIS fee website down on 8/26/2012
Date of Announcement: August 23, 2012 The following announcement has been made by Department of Homeland Security SEVIS Fee (I-901) Website Maintenance DHS has announced that the SEVIS Fee (I-901) website will be down from 1am to 7am on Sunday, August 26, 2012, for emergency system maintenance.

A Day in the Life of an International Student at Penn: Keys to Success

Travel During Summer
Dear Students and Scholars, As summer is approaching, we are writing to provide important travel information.   It is crucial for you to proactively prepare for your return to the US to avoid travel delays/problems, such as an I-515A, etc.  We recommend that you meet with an OIP-ISSS advisor to review your…

Visa Services in Tripoli Suspended
Date of Announcement: March 28, 2011 The following announcement has been posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli: Visa Services in Tripoli Suspended  The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, has suspended all visa services until further notice. If you have an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa or to…

London: Limited Visa Services During the Olympics
The following announcement has been posted on the website of the U.S. Embassy in London, UK: Visa Services during the Summer Nonimmigrant visa services will be limited during the period July through to the end of August 2012. Travelers requiring visas are, therefore, advised to apply early to avoid disappointment. The…

Travel During Spring Break

Travel During Winter Break

Travel During Thanksgiving Break

Open Forum for Spouses and Partners at Penn
Date of Announcement: September 20, 2011 Dear Students and Scholars, This message is to those of you who have a spouse or partner accompanying you in the U.S.  OIP-ISSS extends a warm welcome to the spouses (wives or husbands) and partners of international students and scholars at Penn.  It is our hope…

Curfew for Minors under 18
Date of Announcement: August 29, 2011 Dear International Students, You are receiving this email since our record indicates that you are under 18 years of age.  If you have received this email in error, please accept our apologies.  We kindly ask that you write back to us so that we can…

Hurricane Preparedness
Date of Announcement: August 26, 2011 Dear International Students and Scholars, We are writing to make you aware of a strong hurricane that is heading up the East Coast and will probably reach Philadelphia Saturday and Sunday.  The hurricane is likely to disrupt travel through our region.  You should be prepared…

H-1B and J-1 Scholar Application eforms
H-1B and J-1 Scholar Application eforms As we have announced, in keeping with OIP-ISSS efforts to improve our processes to serve the Penn community, we have developed electronic forms for H-1B Specialty Worker applications and for J-1 Scholar applications.  The new electronic forms have a number of distinct advantages: 1)…

Be Aware of IRS-Related Scams
BE AWARE OF SCAMS Please know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not contact anyone via email. If you receive such an email, you should not open it as it likely contains some sort of virus or malware. You should not provide your SSN/ITIN to anyone via an email. Should…

Travel During Summer

Limited Visa Services at U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
Date of Announcement: March 17,2011 Today the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo announced the following notices on their website: Non-immigrant Visa Procedures (2) (March 17, 2011) Due to the recent events, we are only able to process emergency visa cases. Please follow the instructions below for applying for a non-immigrant visa. F,…

Immigration Relief for Japanese and Other Nationals from the Pacific Stranded due to the Earthquakes and Tsunami
On March 11, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the following: Relief for Japanese and Other Nationals from the Pacific Stranded due to the Earthquakes and Tsunami This advisory is for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami…

New H-1B eform Effective March 15, 2011

Partial Reduction in Visa Operations at U.S. Consulate Mumbai