Periodically the International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO) and English Language Training Institute (ELTI) will share communication with our campus constituents to keep everyone apprised of developments regarding immigration matters at UNC Charlotte. UNC Charlotte is proud to be home to over 2,000 international students, visiting scholars, and their families, which represent nearly 90 countries.
The present update addresses and clarifies some issues that may be of concern to the UNC Charlotte international population regarding possible future immigration policy or regulation changes.
1. The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) and English Language Training Institute (ELTI) are actively monitoring immigration policy and regulation changes. ELTI will post information about any potential changes that would have an impact on ELTI students at UNC Charlotte via email and/or on the ELTI website Announcements.
Please remember that there is an extraordinary amount of information—on the Internet, social media, and other sources—both in the U.S. and around the world that may or may not be accurate. It is easy to come quickly to your own conclusions. Please understand that immigration is a very complex area although it can appear to be very simple and straightforward. We ask that you try to rely on multiple official sources of information, including messages from the ELTI to give you the most accurate information pertaining to your immigration status.
2. As we hear many different legal immigration actions referenced in terms such as “Presidential Memorandum” and “Executive Order”, the ELTI would like to remind everyone that the United States is a law-based society, as such, legal actions take considerable time. Visit the “Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change: Taxonomy of Immigration Topics to Consider” for an overview of the U.S. legal system, how immigration regulations are formed, and how change takes place. Please share it widely with your friends and family members who may be concerned so that you can be well informed.
3. The ELTI also encourages the international population to be extra vigilant about immigration scams. Scammers take advantage of people during times of uncertainty. For information about protecting yourself from immigration-based scams, please visit the “Avoid Scams” resources on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
4. Finally, we want to remind the ELTI students that the ELTI is your 'home away from home' so we encourage you to please come and talk with us about any concerns that you may have.
Note: Additional information on UNC Charlotte communication regarding immigration matters is posted on the International Student and Scholar Office website.