Rice Unconventional Wisdom

Information and Resources for Recent Immigration Updates

First and foremost, Rice welcomes all its international students and scholars is committed to supporting them. 


On Monday, March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a second Executive Order. The first was signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, and is currently pending legal response. Please check back to this page for updated information and resources.  We will continue to post resources, as they develop, regarding the impact on our Rice faculty, students, and staff. 

Government Advisories and Updates

Immigration Seminar: Critical Updates 

Judy Lee and Kari Konikowski Blackman, immigration lawyers from Foster, gave a presentation at Rice on Thursday, February 2, 2017. With changes in the USA administration and Executive Orders, the speakers also presented on updates affecting immigration (the first part of the presentation). Also, topics about non-immigrant statuses including H-1Bs, O-1s, permanent residency, other non-immigrant visas, were included.
Click here for the presentation slides.
Click here for the presentation video


Additional Resources  


Best Practices - Experiences shared by Rice Internationals  

  • An international scholar on an H-1B visa was asked to present a passport at the security check of a domestic flight. Although you may sometimes be able to board domestic flights with a state ID or driver license, you should always carry your passport and other immigration documents with you when traveling outside of Houston.


Scam Alert

Please note that we have received reports about phone scams targeting international students and scholars. Please keep in mind that government offices in the United States will never ask for any form of payment over the phone. For more information about some typical scams, please see http://oiss.rice.edu/scams/