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The International Student & Scholar Services Staff provides immigration services to students, scholars and professors on F or J visas.

Our office staff coordinates pre-arrival information, current compliance issues and data management.

We are committed to enhancing the experiences of our international community by continuing to provide superior customer service, reporting to the U.S. Federal Government, and providing cultural and educational programming opportunities in order to meet the demands of our global society.

Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order.

(The Executive Order is currently on hold and working its way through the court system).

 SMU is advising students and scholars from the seven countries to consult with an immigration attorney before travelling outside the U.S

We are reaching out with information on the 90-day visa ban according to the Executive Order by President Donald Trump. This Executive Order likely will have an impact on your ability to travel, and on citizens that wish to apply for U.S. immigration benefits.

The International Student & Scholar Services Office currently advises NOT traveling outside the U.S. If you must travel outside the U.S., before doing so please consult with an immigration attorney about the risks associated with leaving the country even if you have a valid visa.

Individuals with Non-Immigrant Visas from the countries of Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen please read the following information as it may directly impact your ability to obtain visas or enter the U.S:

  • Suspension of Visas and Entry to U.S. - The Executive Order specifically suspends issuance of U.S. visas, or permission to enter the U.S., for 90 days, effective January 27, 2017, when the Executive Order was signed. It is unclear when visa issuance and re-entry permission will resume.

Lawful Permanent Residents/Green card holders:  A January 29, 2017 DHS Fact Sheet contains the following language describing how this ban affects Permanent residents who were included in the initial order.  SMU encourages all citizens from these countries to consult with an immigration attorney before making plans to travel outside the U.S.

The ISSS team and staff are closely monitoring continuing issues impacting SMU international students, scholars and staff. We will continue to provide updates on this situation via our website at and via e-mail. 

To meet with an advisor, please visit our office during walk-in hours Monday-Thursday: 9 to 11 a.m. & 2 to 4 p.m.


Claudia Evelyn Sotomayor, Director