Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS)

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DHS Announcement of Proposed Rule Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure to Replace Duration of Status (D/S) 9/25/2020

On September 25, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F-1, J-1 students, scholars, and their dependents. Rutgers Global is aware that the proposed rule could impact international students, scholars, and the university in many negative ways, adding stress, uncertainty, complications, and expense at various levels. We and others in the Rutgers administration are closely monitoring the situation and will communicate with you as more information becomes available.

Please note that these rule changes are still only proposed changes. They are not currently in effect and at this time we cannot provide any advice or further information on the timeline for implementation (if at all) or the potential impact of the rule. We are currently in a 30-day public comment period, and during this time, colleges, universities, professional associations, and individuals can submit their comments about the rule. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is required to read and consider all comments before publishing a final rule. 

We are working with our governmental affairs office, professional organizations, and colleagues at other universities across the country to oppose this proposed rule. The university will submit official comments advocating for our international students and for international education at Rutgers - highlighting the disruptive impact the rule will have on Rutgers international students and the university’s ability to attract talented international students and scholars.

If you would like to voice your concerns about this rule, we encourage you to submit your comments to the federal government. The comment period is open until October 26 at 11:59 PM ET. 

Highlights of the proposed rule from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services

For more information and news about the proposed rule, visit the following external websites: 

I would like to assure you that we stand resolutely with our international students and in opposition to these changes. As further developments about this topic emerge, we will share them with you. Please check this page periodically for updates. 

Best wishes,

Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS)


Dear Students, 

We are pleased to inform you that the July 6 guidance and July 7 follow-up FAQ from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been cancelled by the federal government. The news was announced on July 14, during the hearing of the Harvard/M.I.T lawsuit filed against the ICE guidance

This announcement overturned the guidance from ICE that barred international students in F-1 status from pursuing a fully online course load while staying in the US and maintaining their legal F-1 status. The government has agreed that this policy will not be implemented and that they will revert to the guidance that was issued on March 9, 2020 and March 13, 2020.

What this means for international students in F-1 status as of now:

  • If you are a returning/continuing student outside the country taking a full course-load of online credits offered by Rutgers, you can maintain your legal F-1 status while abroad.
  • If you are a returning/continuing student in the US taking a full course-load of online credits offered by Rutgers, you can stay in the US and maintain your legal status.
  • If you are a new student outside the country taking a full course-load of online credits offered by Rutgers, you can do so from outside the US. Your F-1 status will be activated when you come to the US but you are eligible to begin your studies at Rutgers from abroad in the fall semester.
  • If you are a new student in the US (transferring your SEVIS record to Rutgers or changing your status to F-1 for the fall) taking a full-course load of online credits offered by Rutgers, you can maintain your legal F-1 status.

We join you in celebrating this decision and commend all the efforts undertaken by students, faculty, and administrators to stop this policy from going into effect. The Rutgers administration, as well as faculty and students, contributed substantially to the legal and political fight against this latest attempt to limit the very positive minds that our international students bring to us. We will continue to fight against policies that are xenophobic, including those targeting F1, J1 and H1-B visas, OPT/CPT and, for appropriate faculty and staff, permanent residency options.

International students are an integral part of the fabric of Rutgers University. They contribute tremendously to our school’s diversity and inclusion mission, our cross-cultural and global learning, our economy in New Jersey, and our academic and research standing in the U.S. and globally. Rutgers University, and our unit Rutgers Global, will continue to doing everything possible to support and protect our international students, scholars, and faculty during these unprecedented and turbulent times.

Please continue to check the Rutgers OISS website webpage for the latest updates and advisories and please contact us with additional questions. We will be organizing a forum over the next few days to discuss these developments in further detail.

Review the following news links for more information: 

Association of International Educators: SEVP COVID-19 Guidance for Fall 2020

The New York TimesGovernment Rescinds Plan to Strip Visas From Foreign Students in Online Classes

The Wall Street JournalWhite House Rescinds Rules on Foreign Students Studying Online

BloombergU.S. Backs Down in Fight With Harvard, MIT Over Student Visas

Associated Press (picked by local/regional broadcast)Trump administration rescinds rule about foreign students taking classes online

Please note that due to the current health crisis COVID-19, OISS Rutgers University - Newark is only offering remote advising via email, phone appointments, and virtual appointments. The OISS at 175 University Avenue in Conklin Hall is CLOSED and NOT open for walk-in advising/appointments at this time.


The information concerning Rutgers University’s Fall 2020 operating status has been posted: Please also refer to the Study in the States website for additional resources: Questions concerning specifics about completing degree requirements and courses should be directed to your academic official. Please continue to check our Office of International Student and Scholar Services website for future information regarding Fall 2020.


  1. Travel precautions from the CDC
  2. Homeland bans and travel warnings
    Gentle Reminder:Valid Passport, Valid Visa, Current I-20 with valid signature (for students already enrolled but returned to their home country due to the pandemic)

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) in Rutgers University – Newark serves more than 1,700 international students, scholars and their dependents from more than 70 countries. 


The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) is the primary resource center, striving always for excellence in service to the international community of Rutgers University - Newark.


•    Advise F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors on compliance with immigration laws and regulations to maintain legal status; 
•    Provide support to international students and scholars through orientation programs, cultural & social events and services in collaboration with other University units;
•    Assist University offices and academic departments in their international initiatives and help nurturing growth of international programs; 
•    Ensure institutional compliance to immigration regulations governing enrollment of F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors; serves as liaison with state and federal agencies concerning F-1/J-1 regulatory issues.

OISS Walk-In Hours:

* No appointment necessary. Walk-in to submit/collect requests. *
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

OISS Advising Hours:

* No appointment necessary to speak to an advisor. *
Monday: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Wednesday: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

Location: Rutgers University - Newark, Conklin Hall, Room 216


Beginning January 21, 2020

Email Inquiries:

All student inquiries must be sent to A member of the OISS staff will respond to your email within 3-5 business days. Please assist OISS staff by only sending inquiries to Please do not send duplicate/follow-up emails to individual OISS staff members, as that will slow overall processing times and cause delays! Duplicate emails and follow-up emails will not receive a response.

Processing Times:

Due to an increasingly large volume of applications, please be aware that the OISS average processing time for all successfully complete and accurate requests is currently a minimum of 10 business days, and we will process all requests in the order that they are received. Additional time will be added to applications that require updated/corrected documentation. Requests for expediting will only be considered in cases where the OISS determines that a student is at risk of losing legal status. Plan the submission of your requests accordingly with the minimum 10 business day timeline!  





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