International Town Hall: Immigration Rule Changes

Monday, June 15
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

Description: As changes to immigration policy, visa processing, and travel restrictions continue to develop, UO acknowledges how particularly stressful the current environment of uncertainty is for our international students, scholars, faculty, and staff. Thus, we would like to formally invite you to a virtual town hall, where you will hear from a moderated panel and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

What changes may be coming?
On June 1, 2020, the federal administration in Washington, DC, enacted a presidential proclamation suspending the entry of certain students and researchers from the People's Republic of China (find more resources here). We suspect that an additional executive order may be coming soon, suspending and restricting immigration with potential changes to Optional Practical Training (OPT), H-1Bs, and J visas. We want to make sure that the UO community is aware of these possible changes and is involved in the conversation as we continue to advocate for our international community members.

During this town hall, we will provide you with information about these topics:

  1. What UO currently knows and doesn’t yet know regarding U.S. immigration and travel policy updates.
  2. How UO is advocating for our international community members.
  3. UO’s position on international engagement and the importance of supporting international students, scholars, faculty, and staff. 


  • Dan Berger, Partner at Curran, Berger & Kludt
  • Betsy Boyd, Associate VP of Federal Affairs
  • Lisa Fink, International Employment Specialist for International Student and Scholar Services
  • Raquel Hecht, Partner at Hecht & Norman
  • Abe Schafermeyer, Senior Director for International Student and Scholar Services

Panel moderator: Dennis Galvan, Dean and Vice Provost of Global Engagement

Please submit questions beforehand by emailing Nancy O'Brien. We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the town hall.

Resources for International Students and Scholars

For Student and Scholar Advising (case-specific questions):

Websites for Up-to-Date Information about U.S. Visas and Travel:

U.S. Department of State
COVID-19 Country Specific Information:

White House 
Presidential Actions:

Centers for Disease Control 
Travel/COVID-19 Page:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
News Alerts:

UO ISSS FAQ Page for International Students

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Pages
Coronavirus Critical Resources:
Tracking COVID-19 Restrictions on US Visas and Entry:

Counseling Assistance for the UO Campus Community:

UO Counseling Center Services for Students: Call the Counseling Center at 541-346-3227 to discuss your options for mental health support. They will have the next available counselor return your call to discuss your options and to answer your questions.

UO Employee Assistance Program: Cascade Centers, Inc. provides comprehensive employee assistance at no cost for eligible employees, their dependents and eligible household members. Call Cascade directly at 1-800-433-2320 to schedule an appointment.