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February 3, 2017

To our international students, staff, and faculty:

We recognize that students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota have concerns about the recent executive orders on immigration. We are here to offer support and guidance, as we are able, to the University of Minnesota community. For students who are eligible to access our services (paying the Student Services Fee), we can meet with you to discuss your individual concerns about the impact of the order. For staff and faculty, we can assist in identifying on and off-campus resources.

Although there are many uncertainties regarding these orders, we will continue to help our international students with immigration concerns, including visa issues, change of status and green card applications, asylum, OPT/CPT/Employment Authorizations, citizenship applications, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

USLS Staff



General Information
International students attending the University of Minnesota on non-immigrant visas must have either a J or F visa to enter the United States and a DS2019 or I-20 to remain in the United States. Students must follow all of the requirements to maintain law non-immigrant status.


The International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS) will be your best resource if you have questions or need help with issuance of your visa and endorsements for travel or employement related to your student visa.

USLS can help if you have questions about:

  • Alternatives to a student visa
  • Interpretations or explainations of visa terms and conditions
  • Concerns about possible violations of visa requirements
  • Family or marriage based adjustments to immigrant status
  • Changing your status from one non-immigrant visa to another non-immigrant status
  • Getting representation for:
    • Problems with USCIS, ICE, or CBP
    • Encounters with U.S. law enforcement agencies


Contact us to schedule an appointment or referral. Be aware that you must be a fee paying student in order to be eligible for our services.





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