Valparaiso University’s response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

  • Click here for the latest updates on the university’s plan for reopening in August 2020 for the Fall semester.


  • Click here for information on COVID-related closures from the university’s official information page.



Disclaimer: The information and resources listed on this page should not be taken as legal advice.  If you have further questions after visiting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’ website, you may want to contact a licensed, legal professional knowledgeable in immigration law.


February 4, 2020

Effective February 21, 2020, the new travel ban (Travel Ban 4.0) will expand visa and entry restrictions on travelers from six additional countries: Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.   However, it will not impact acquisition of nonimmigrant visas such like F, J, and H and it will not impact admission to the U.S. under those visa categories.  Travel Ban 3.0 continues in effect on certain citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia.


August 12, 2019

USCIS announces a final rule that clearly defines long-standing public charge inadmissibility law to better ensure that foreign nationals seeking to enter and remain in the U.S. are self-sufficient and rely on their own resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations rather than on public resources.


July 24, 2019

SEVP has begun conducting on-site inspections of F-1 STEM OPT employment.   The site visit will verify employer compliance with STEM OPT regulations and with Form I-983 training plans.  Companies with F-1 students on STEM OPT should be prepared for a potential site visit.



May 28, 2019 

  • The SEVIS fees which all F-1 & J-1 student & scholars must pay upon receiving a new I-20/DS-2019 record will go up on June 24, 2019.  For F-1 students with an I-20, the fee will increase from $200 to $350, and for J-1 students or scholars, from $180 to $220.
  • See this link for the official update from the Department of Homeland Security.



United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)