ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in November
OPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place in SSB 3.107 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm on November 5 and 12 and from 3:30pm to 4:45pm on Friday, November 20.
Overseas Travel for International Students
Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide travel signatures and status letters for those students who need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on November 10.
Advising Limited on November 5
The ISSO advisors will attend a professional development meeting on Thursday, November 5. Walk in and phone advising will NOT be available on November 5 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Advising will resume at 12:00pm.
No Advising or Processing on November 6
The ISSO advisors will be out of the office on Friday, November 6. Walk-in advising, phone advising, and task processing will NOT be available on November 6. This will require 1 additional day of processing for student requests, please plan accordingly.
International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and learn about the world around us. IEW is hosted by the International Center, and will be held November 16 -19. Events include a Study Abroad Fair, interactive Hunger Banquet, and International Game Night. View the IEW website for event details and registration links.
Have you ever considered how your socio-economic status affects the way you eat? Gain a deeper understanding of food distribution and poverty in our world during this interactive event on Wednesday, November 18 from 5pm to 7pm located in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms. To reserve your seat at the Hunger Banquet, complete the online form here.
17-Month STEM OPT Updates
A District Court has ruled that STEM OPT 17-month regulations are set to expire on February 12, 2016. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not provided any detailed response regarding the court ruling and how it affects F-1s currently on STEM OPT employment authorization, or those who are eligible to apply for this benefit. Read more about STEM OPT Extension developments, including any announcements from DHS at the ISSO 17-Month OPT Extension webpage.
Report your OPT Employment to Avoid Termination of F-1 Status
F-1 students approved for OPT are required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to report any changes to employment or residential address within 10 days of the change. SEVP has stated that starting Spring 2016, students on OPT who exceed 90 days of unemployment will have their SEVIS record automatically terminated. For more information on how to report your employment, visit the OPT Reporting webpage.
SEVIS I-901 Fee
An active F student with a form I-20 issued after September 1, 2004, must have a valid SEVIS I-901 Fee payment in their SEVIS record to comply with established federal regulations and policy regarding the maintenance of nonimmigrant student status. SEVP gives students 30 days to make a payment, or SEVP will terminate the student’s SEVIS record.
Avoid Immigration Scams
Be mindful of immigration scams. Visit the USCIS Avoid Scams webpage for tips on filing forms, reporting scams, and finding a licensed attorney or an accredited representative.