international visitor

All people arriving at the U.S. border or a port of entry have basic rights, but like all international travelers, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when arriving at an airport or land port of entry. If questions arise and CBP is unable to admit you quickly, you may be taken to a separate area for “secondary inspection.” If you are detained by CBP in secondary inspection, you have rights! Please…

The new federal income tax law, which has gone into effect in 2018, eliminates the personal exemption of $4,050 when filing Form 1040-NR for nonresident aliens. This may affect exchange visitors’ refund of wages withheld for federal income tax and may consequently increase the cost of Exchange Visitor Program participation. For more information on the TCJA, please visit the IRS website (https://www.irs.gov/tax-reform) and look for IRS Publication 5307.

Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all exchange visitors is the Department of State’s collective highest priority. The State Department takes this responsibility very seriously to ensure the continued viability of international educational and cultural exchange as an effective public diplomacy tool. To help safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all exchange visitors, the Department has established an Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Emergency Hotline at 1-866-283-9090. This is a 24/7 toll-free telephone number that allows exchange visitors to…

The Visa Office has purchased Glacier Tax Prep Software to assist non-resident Foreign Nationals with filing their taxes. You may now submit your request for an access code to the Visa Office. Simply send an email with subject line, “Glacier Tax Prep Access Code Request” to visaoffice@fnal.gov and we will provide you with an access code.

On Tuesday, September 18, at 3:00pm in Curia II, Attorney Kevin Aiston will be available to answer a variety of immigration-related questions. Please submit your questions in advance to the Visa Office, or simply come to listen to what others are asking and to get a general update on the current state of immigration issues.

Have an immigration question? Please join the Visa Office for a short update on the current immigration climate followed by an interactive Q&A with attorney Kevin Aiston, on Tuesday, September 18 at 3:00 pm in Curia II. Submit your questions in advance to the Visa Office to get a more detailed response and to RSVP. This seminar will be dedicated to questions only, and any immigration question is acceptable.

If you have been a US Permanent Resident for 5+ years (or 3+ years if married to a US citizen) and are interested in US Citizenship, the Visa Office urges you to consider applying in the near future. The current immigration climate is set to get more difficult for legal residents, as there is news of tightening eligibility standards for citizenship applicants. The Visa Office is here to provide guidance and advice to those that are interested.  Please schedule a…

If you are an F-1 student currently working pursuant to the initial OPT work authorization, the Visa Office would like to remind you that you must apply for the STEM OPT extension within the last 90 days of your initial OPT validity. Extension requests will NOT be accepted during the 60-day grace period after the initial OPT expires. Please remember to contact the Visa Office early in your extension process to complete the required Form I-983. Please also keep in…

Per recent events and experiences, the Visa Office would like to advise that our current government administration appears to be applying more stringent background checks and stricter regulation interpretation. Also, due to peak travel season there are longer wait times for consular visa interview appointments, and longer visa processing times. Keeping these factors in mind, the Visa Office advises that anyone inviting an international visitor to the lab should plan ahead and complete all internal processes as soon as possible….