One of the primary purposes of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is to advise F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars regarding their visa status. It is important that you understand the rules governing your status, so that you can take the proper steps to maintain status.
We understand that the immigration regulations can be complex and confusing. We are here to help you navigate through them. Many of your immigration-related questions can be answered by reading through the information found on this website. You can also contact ISSS with any questions or visit us during walk-in hours.
Be Aware of Scams
International students are often targeted by scammers who will threaten deportation or arrest. Please be aware of scams that are occurring throughout the year and take appropriate action to protect yourself.
If you are contacted by someone claiming that you will be arrested or deported unless you give them money or personal information such as your birth date, Social Security Number (SSN), bank account number, credit card number, etc. you have most likely been targeted by a scammer. A U.S. government agency, such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, DHS, ICE, USCIS, etc., would NEVER contact you in this way.
Protect Your Personal Data
Use caution when sharing secure information with other individuals. Information such as social security number, tax forms and direct deposit information should only be shared with reputable tax preparers. This information should be sent using a secure form of transmission, which typically does not include email communication.
What You Should Do:
- Be aware of possible immigration scams:
- If you receive a suspicious or threatening phone call, DO NOT give out your personal information . If possible, try to collect information about the caller, and then hang up. If you receive a suspicious or threatening email message, do not respond to the email.
- DO NOT wire money or purchase gift cards.
- DO NOT listen to the scammer if they say you cannot tell anyone else about this.
- Always report a possible scam. If you receive an immigration-related scam through email, social media or phone, REPORT IT!
How to Report a Scam:
- For immigration-related scams:
- See the USCIS Report Immigration Scams website which includes both federal and state-specific information
- Call the University Police at 309-438-8631
- Notify the Federal Trade Commission through their online Complaint Assistant
- Call the Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or submit an online HSI Tip Form
- For Social Security-related scams, submit an online SSA Scam Report.
- For IRS/tax-related scams, visit the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration hotline.
- If you are unsure where to report a scam, visit this Where to Report a Scam tool.
- For all scams, Open a ticket with ISSS using International Student Help Ticket (include details about the scam and what you did to report it).