January 25, 2016: On January 23, 2016, a District court extended the vacatur (cancellation) of the STEM OPT rule from February 12 to May 10, 2016. This means that the Copurt has until May 10, 2016 to decide on the new STEM OPT rule. We do not know what the final decision of the Court will be concerning the future of STEM OPT but we will continue to provide updates as we receive them. In the meantime, eligible students may still apply for STEM OPT and if yo
The IRS and local Princeton Police are warning people to guard against scam phone calls from thieves who are posing as IRS officials to trick you out of your money or your personal information. These criminals often target international students who may not be aware of how the system works in the U.S.
A local international student has already been a victim of this scam.
IMPORTANT! Read and understand this and forward to anyone you think may benefit.
The IRS has published the
On June 26, 2015, USCIS issued a newly designed format of the Form I-20. All F-1 students and F-2 dependents will be required to have the newly designed Form I-20 by July 1, 2016 -- until that time, the old version of the form is acceptable for travel and reentry to the U.S. The Davis IC will begin issuing the new version to students in the coming weeks. Due to the large number of students, we will be issuing the new form in stages according to l
There have recently been a number of reports of scams targeting international students in the U.S. One example attempts to get international students to send up to $4000 to avoid deportation and threatens continued pursuit if they don't wire the money. Another scammer pretends to be the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and requests person information such as the Social Security or ITIN number.
DO NOT give money, your social
Do you have plans to a third country during the break? You must plan ahead and find out if you need an entry visa. Failure to have the appropriate third country visa for entry or for transit will result in denial of entry into that country!
Princeton now offers assistance with visas for international travel through VISA CENTRAL where you will find complete checklists of requirements, applications, and forms. If you have questions, you can consult directly wit
In order to reenter the U.S. after international travel, you must have a current travel signature on your I-20 form (F-1/F-2) or your DS-2019 form (J-1/J-2). Travel signatures are valid for reenter for up to one year after the date of the most recent signature. You may stop by the Davis IC during business hours to obtain a travel signature on the spot. However, in some instances in which it is necessary to print another form, the process may require 1-2 days.
View the Davis International Center Annual Report now available as a digital publication at:
Davis IC Annual Report 2015
1. DACA Advocacy & Support Available: The Davis International Center now provides general support for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students. The Director, Jackie Leighton, will serve as the DACA student advocate and you may schedule an appointment with her via the Davis IC Advising & Appointments page. This service provides general support for DACA students for their interactions on campus and in the local community.
The Enterprise Car Share Program is an affordable membership program that allows Princeton students and scholars who have a valid drivers license to rent a car for short period of time. Cars are conveniently located at several places on campus. The membership and rental fees are reasonable and include the cost of gas. Many international students and scholars who don't have cars of their own find this program to be very helpful for local shopping and day trips. For mor