Update on 90-Day Travel Ban

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump’s Executive Order imposed a 90-day ban on nonimmigrant and immigrant admission into the United States for all foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  The U.S. Department of State has indicated that all valid nonimmigrant and immigrant visas from those countries are provisionally revoked.  Green Card holders will be allowed to be admitted “absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare”.
It is advisable that if you are a citizen of one of those countries and are in the United States, you do not travel abroad as you will not be allowed to return while this ban is in place.
Dual citizens who have citizenship in one of the 7 designated countries and another country may travel to the United States, however they must present a passport issued by the other country.
For all other travelers, understand that you may experience travel delays as a result of increased scrutiny of documents.  Make sure that your documents have not expired and are up to date.
Additionally, as the administration has indicated additional countries may be added to the list, it is in your best interest to review updates before departing the United States.  Our office will continue to monitor the situation as well and will post information on our website. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call 979.862.1719. 

USCIS Updates Forms

USCIS has updated several adjustment of status forms, including the I-485 and I-765. If you will be filing to adjust your status be sure to use the latest editions of the applicable forms. In December, USCIS increased some of the filing fees. In addition to using the latest form, be sure to include the new fee(s).

You can find information on the form updates at

The most up-to-date forms can always be found at

2017 Tax Filing

All J scholars and student interns, and their J-2 dependents are required to file at least one tax form with the U.S. government for each tax year they are in the US regardless of whether or not they earned any income. Tax forms for 2016 are due April 18, 2017.

If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you are not eligible to file your tax return electronically. You should only use Glacier Tax Prep software, which will help you determine your tax residency status and file your tax return. ISFS will send you access information to GTP in mid-February.

Access to GTP is only for J-1 scholars and student interns who are non-resident for tax purposes. For scholars who are in H-1B, TN, or O-1 and J-1 visitors who are residents for tax purposes should visit the Internal Revenue Website for more information. Note that the tax definitions of “resident” and “non-resident” are not the same as the immigration definition of these terms.

Know Before You Visit

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website provides some helpful resources for international travelers coming to the U.S. Check out the helpful tips on bringing food to the U.S., traveling with medication, and required documentation. They also have videos on what you need to know about entering the U.S. and how the entry process works.