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Immigration and Travel into the United States

Resources in Support of Our International Community

     Blog by Immigration Experts

  • A blog for students and schools about how to survive in the current immigration uncertainty, co-authored by Cornell Law Professor Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, who also practices immigration law at Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, New York, and Dan Berger, a partner at Curran & Berger, LLP in Northampton, Massachusetts

     Urgent Needs Related to the Executive Order on Immigration

  • If you are an international student or scholar traveling abroad and are not permitted to return to the United States, call Cornell's International Students and Scholars Office at 607-255-5243 during regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST). During non-business hours, call the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111; they will notify an ISSO staff member immediately.
  • ISSO is working directly with Congressional staff on individual case management related to visas and entry into the United States. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.
  • ISSO assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.

     Assistance While Traveling Abroad

  • Cornell provides a free assistance program to all students, faculty, and staff traveling on university business 100 miles or more away from their permanent residence or campus. Cornellians can access this assistance from UnitedHealthcare with their netID through Cornell's Travel Registry.

     Legal Assistance

  • Clinical faculty at Cornell Law School will provide—without charge—legal assistance to Cornell students who are denied visas under the Executive Order of March 6, 2017. Specifically, Cornell Law School faculty will consult with those students about their legal options, represent them if they need to seek waivers from the Order's restrictions, and make themselves available telephonically during student arrivals at U.S. ports of entry. For assistance, contact Beth Lyon, clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School: email immigrationhelp@cornell.edu, call 607-254-4638, or Skype: lyonbeth.
  • The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. They publish law online, and create materials that help people understand the law.

     Information and Counseling

  • Cornell's International Students and Scholars Office assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.
  • Cornell's Office of Graduate Student Life serves the Cornell community in many capacities: discussing student concerns, providing available resources and services, and sharing options to handle difficult academic and personal situations. Contact Janna Lamey (janna.lamey@cornell.edu) to help identify appropriate resources.
  • The staff in Cornell's Dean of Students office is available for support, advice, guidance, and consultation navigating various circumstances. Contact dean_of_students@cornell.edu or 607-255-1115 to be connected with a resource.
  • Cornell's Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives offers general advising on personal and academic support, as well as planning for future academic and professional aims and referrals specifically for undocumented students as part of the trailblazers program.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS (including the Let’s Talk Program), is a confidential place to talk with a trained health-care professional about any concern. This may include stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, managing an existing mental health condition, or other issues. Please call CAPS at 607-255-5155 to speak with a staff member directly.
  • Cornell's Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. This confidential resource is part of Cornell's broad commitment to foster and support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.

     Academic Support

Other Resources


For more information, contact Laurie Damiani, Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs: vpia@cornell.edu.