The Office of International Students and Programs

The Office of International Students and Programs provides a multitude of services for international students at CalArts, including advice on all aspects of visas and immigration matters, off-campus housing, assistance in locating ELL classes off campus, inter-cultural mediation and U.S. tax information.

In addition, we present various programs throughout the year, including immigration workshops, assistance with immigration forms, employment authorization (practical training), and U.S. tax regulations. From time to time, the International Student Affairs Office will present entertainment and cultural events for international students as well as the CalArts community. 

Update on Presidential Executive Order: Travel Advisory

As you may be aware, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, that placed a 90 day temporary ban on the issuance of visas and entry into the U.S for immigrants and nonimmigrants from at least seven countries. The countries currently listed on the Temporary ban are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We advised international students from these countries not to travel outside of the US during this 90 period and until further notice.

We are deeply concerned by the restrictions imposed by the Executive Order. At this point, we recommend that all international students limit travel outside of the US. If you have a prior trip planned, please check in with the International Office before your departure. It is important to ensure that you have the necessary documentation with you before traveling. The International Student Affairs Office recommends traveling with the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Valid Visa
  • I-20 form with a valid travel signature
  • Enrollment Verification (Official Transcripts or Letter from the Registrar’s office confirming your enrollment.)

We anticipate longer lines and wait times upon arrival to the US. Ensure to accommodate for additional time at the airports, especially during flight transfers.

Also included in the Executive Order is the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program. This means that you will be required to undergo an in-person interview for visa renewals. As a reminder, visas cannot be renewed in the US.

On Friday February 3rd, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle granted a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO), which temporarily prohibits the Federal Government from enforcing Section 3(c) for the Executive Order. The TRO inhibits the enforcement of the 90 day ban of the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Including in the TRO is the 120 day suspension of admission of refugees to the US.

On Tuesday February 7th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the government’s request for an emergency stay of the District Court’s temporary restraining order. The panel of judges recognized the urgency in the decision on this matter and will render their decision as soon as possible.

Student Affairs offers services to all students which include Counseling, Health, International Student Services, as well other important resources. We encourage students to use these provisions. Please contact the International Student Affairs office if you have any questions about our resources.

Our office will continue to monitor the developments on this matter as they transpire. We promise to keep our community informed and fully supported at this uncertain time.

Sincerely,

Anessa Escobar, M.A.
Associate Director

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