A Letter to Pitt's International Community
February 23, 2017
Dear Members of Pitt’s International Community,
In light of the recent news and social media coverage regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) changes to immigration policy, and reports of individuals who have been personally impacted by these initiatives, we are reaching out to make sure that you are aware of the changes and know where to go if you have questions or need help.
First, we realize the DHS memos, which are widely available, contain many details and cite various immigration laws, all of which can be confusing. We will be updating the University Center for International Studies website with the latest information. For our purposes, we want you to know that even if you are here lawfully, you can become subject to deportation if you are arrested for even minor offenses, like speeding or shoplifting. Thus, it is imperative that you be careful and make every effort to obey all laws.
Second, the Office of International Services (OIS) should always be your first point of contact for immigration-related issues if you are in a Pitt-sponsored visa status, but in some situations, you may need to seek assistance from an attorney or other community resources. A list of such resources that are available at little or no charge can be found here. Please contact OIS with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.
As we have reminded you recently, if you plan to leave the United States, even for a short period, we strongly advise you to consult your OIS immigration specialist prior to making any travel plans. Finally, given the current uncertainty, it is advisable to carry copies of your passport and immigration documents with you at all times.