Penalties for Volation of Status

The US congress passes legislation on a regular basis and there are several laws that directly affect international students.  More recent legislation includes more stringent scrutiny of all international visitors to the US and provides for potentially harsh penalties for those who violate their status.  The laws below are some that directly affect international students, so please be aware of them.  Details on laws may be found on the USCIS web site at

  • IIRIRA (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) - September 30, 1996
  • USA PATRIOT ACT - October 26, 2001
  • Border Security Act - May 14, 2002