Sept. 8, 2023 Immigration Advisory

Please read this information as a guide to help you with your studies and maintain valid immigration status. The information below applies to international students at all campuses.


  1. International student drop hold
  2. Important deadlines
  3. International Entrepreneur Rule

  1. International student drop hold 

To prevent international students from falling out of status by dropping below full-time enrollment, a registration drop hold was placed on all international students’ WSU accounts. 

You will need to request all drops/withdraws through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). You can do this by completing the Drop/Withdraw form under “Enrollment Change Forms” on  

This hold does NOT impact your ability to add classes for either fall 2023 or future terms!   

  1. Important deadlines 

Please review the Academic Calendar for all important dates! Academic deadlines are nonnegotiable, so please plan appropriately for any requests.  

  1. International Entrepreneur Rule 

Under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), Homeland Security may use its parole authority to grant a period of authorized stay, on a case-by-case basis, to foreign entrepreneurs who demonstrate that their stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit through their business venture and that they merit a favorable exercise of discretion. Students should consult with an experienced immigration attorney on such an application and understand its implication to their legal F-1 and J-1 statuses.

Here are a few links to articles for more information: 

If you have any questions about the above announcement, please contact International Student and Scholar Services.