In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne shared Stanford’s perspective on the need to continue attracting and supporting international students and scholars.Read more about Supporting international students and scholars
In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the U.S. House and Senate subcommittees on immigration, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne addressed immigration reform and important provisions of the recently introduced U.S. Citizenship Act.Read more about President Tessier-Lavigne letter on immigration reform
Under a federal court ruling, international STEM students in the federal Optional Practical Training program will remain eligible for 36 months of training with U.S. employers. Stanford was among a group of colleges and universities joining in an amicus brief supporting the program.Read more about Court ruling on Optional Training Program
The new federal administration has issued directives intended to preserve and support the DACA program and also to rescind the travel bans implemented by the previous administration.Read more about Update: DACA, travel ban
Stanford has submitted a formal comment letter opposing a proposed federal rule limiting the duration of F and J visas.Read more about Stanford comment letter on proposed visa-duration rule
Support for our international and immigrant communities
If you need support with immigration issues, Stanford has resources standing by to help. Stanford’s support resources and commitments to its international and immigrant communities include:
- The latest travel guidance from the university.
- The Bechtel International Center, a first point of contact for all international students and scholars with questions about the federal travel ban. Contact the center at [email protected].
- The Dean of Students Office, a first point of contact for all students with questions about DACA. Contact [email protected].
- Free attorney consultations for students with legal questions, specifically. Start by contacting the Bechtel International Center at [email protected] or [email protected].
- Additional campus support listed on the Getting Support page.
Important facts to know:
- Stanford keeps student and personnel records private and will not share such information with immigration agencies unless legally compelled to do so.
- The Stanford Department of Public Safety does not have responsibility for immigration enforcement. Consistent with the approach of law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County, it does not inquire about immigration status in the normal course of its duties and will not participate with other agencies in immigration enforcement activities unless legally required to do so.
- A campus working group on immigration issues continues meeting to respond to the emerging needs of the campus community. This website has further details about support resources available across the campus.