Revised Executive Order on Immigration

Earlier this week, the president signed a new executive order to replace the original “travel ban” from January 27.  This revised executive order imposes a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan effective March 16. The new executive order clarifies the following issues related Read more

OIS Meeting for Students and Scholars Affected by Travel Ban

Immigration attorney, TL Loke Walsh, will join OIS representatives for an information session for students and scholars from the seven countries listed in the travel ban (Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan). Updated information about the impact of the January 27 executive order will be presented, followed by time for questions and answers. Monday, February 6, Read more

The Spooky Origins of Halloween

On the night of October 31st, people across the United States fire up their finest jack-o’-lanterns, dress up as ghosts or ghouls, and set off to “trick or treat” their neighbors for sweets. But the true story behind “All Hallows’ Eve” goes deeper than costumes and candy. The ancient tradition of Halloween dates back to Read more

Be Aware of Internet and Phone Scams

Scammers are targeting international students in Southern California. Scammers posing as agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), travel companies, apartment leasing companies, and immigration agencies – such as the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Embassies abroad are contacting students and demanding money and personal Read more