The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) writes the regulations to enforce immigration law. When you enter the U.S., an Immigration Officer reviews your documents and authorizes your entry and the length of stay in the U.S.
The responsibility of the International Student Advisor is to help you to understand your obligations so that you can maintain legal status in the U.S. The International Student Advisor does not have the responsibility or the authority to "enforce" immigration law. Fisher College is, however, required to notify the USCIS of certain changes in your status. Fisher College is in full compliance with all immigration regulations and laws.
Recently the U.S. Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), a new law that affects all immigrants and visitors to the U.S., including students. It may affect you in one of the following ways:
- You may find it difficult or impossible to renew your visa at any U.S. Consulate other than the U.S. Consulate in your home country.
- If you overstay your visa, you may become ineligible for any type of visa for a three- or ten-year period.
International student advisors, immigration lawyers, officers of the USCIS, and consular officials are all working hard to make IIRIRA easier to understand; however, it is more important than ever to make sure you are in status and remain in status for as long as you are in the U.S. Fisher College participates and is compliant with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services' Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) .