Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. It symbolizes the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. Diwali is mainly a Hindu holiday, but because of India's great diversity it is celebrated by many different people regardless of faith. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos!
Welcome to new students and scholars!
ISSS is excited to welcome 38 new undergraduate, Law, Pharmacy, Masters, and PhD students for our Fall 2018 term! We also welcomed 10 new scholars and their families to campus!
New Unlawful Presence Guidelines
On August 9, 2018, students and scholars are now beholden to a "new" rule was put in place by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), regarding “unlawful presence” on the part of those holding F or J visas/status as well as their dependents. DHS will now begin counting unlawful presence from the date of the violation--whether intentional or unintentional.
Students and scholars (and their dependents) who have accrued:
more than 180 days of unlawful presence during a single stay, and then depart, may be ssubject to three-year or 10-year bars to admission, depending on how much unlawful presence they accrued before they departed the United States. Individuals who have accrued a total period of more than one year of unlawful presence, whether in a single stay or during multiple stays in the United States, and who then reenter or attempt to reenter the United States without being admitted or paroled are permanently inadmissible. Those subject to the three-year, 10-year, or permanent unlawful presence bars to admission are generally not eligible to apply for a visa, admission, or adjustment of status to permanent residence unless they are eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or another form of relief. (emphasis added)
Students and scholars should review the guidelines on staying in status and should meet with ISSS if they have any questions about unlawful presence.
Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban
On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court allowed Trump Administration's Travel Ban to remain in full effect.This third version of the ban bars almost all travelers from five mainly Muslim countries — Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia — and added a ban on travelers from North Korea and government officials from Venezuela.
Western New England University students and scholars affected by this ban are advised to speak with ISSS or an immigration attorney prior to traveling.