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  1.  Reminder of ISSS Availability
  2. OPT Filing Deadline for Spring 2019 Graduates
  3. Arrival of New International Students
  4. Guided Hike of the Nature Preserve, July 16
  5. Don’t Become a Victim of a Scam!
  6. Graduate Application for Degree Open
  7. Call for Undergraduates Currently Completing an Internship
  • Reminder of ISSS Availability

Advising Walk-In Hours:
The office of International Student and Scholar Services holds walk-in advising hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:45am and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:
The ISSS will be unavailable on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.  Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

  • OPT Filing Deadline for Spring 2019 Graduates
    Optional Practical Training (OPT) is employment authorization for international students in F-1 visa status in a job related to your academic major after graduation. You do not need a job offer to apply for OPT.

    If you graduated in the Spring 2019 semester (May 19, 2019) and plan to apply for post-completion optional practical training (OPT), USCIS must RECEIVE your OPT application by Thursday, July 18. If your application is received by USCIS after this date, your application will be automatically denied.
    If you have not applied for OPT yet, please review our How to Apply page.  You must submit the OPT Academic Advisor's Recommendation Form to the ISSS Office as soon as possible so a new OPT I-20 can be created and to allow time to mail your OPT application to USCIS.
    If you still have questions after reading the above information, please email or come to walk-in advising hours.
  • Arrival of New International Students
    If you happen to meet a new international student prior to Tuesday, August 13, please be sure to direct them to the ISSS Office during regular business hours.  New students should bring their immigration documents (Passport, Visa and I-20/DS-2019).  The ISSS is checking in new students and providing helpful early arrival information.  After August 13, you should encourage new students to check-in with ISSS during their scheduled orientation dates.
  • Guided Hike of the Nature Preserve, July 16
    Dylan Horvath, steward of natural areas, will lead a 90-minute guided hike in the Nature Preserve Tuesday, July 16! ISSS staff will also be present for the fun! This is a great way to make new friends, enjoy the beautiful weather and learn about the Nature Preserve! All are welcome!

    All students should meet at the University Union bus stop at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. ISSS staff will walk with you to the Nature Preserve where you will meet Horvath.  Remember to wear sneakers and appropriate hiking clothes and to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water!

    To ensure we have enough staff to implement this program, we request that all participants register on B-Engaged. You can register by clicking the blue button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says: RSVP to event.  Questions? Contact Christina MacDavitt, International Student and Scholar Programming Coordinator, at
  • Don’t Become a Victim of a Scam!
    The ISSS has received multiple reports from students receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be U.S. government agency officials. These callers often tell a student that they have violated U.S. immigration law and must now pay a large amount of money to avoid being arrested or deported.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. government agencies will NEVER ask you to transfer money to an individual, pay a fee using security vouchers or gift cards, or provide payment over the phone or online.
    These scams can be very sophisticated, including cloning U.S. government phone numbers, providing fake badge numbers, or giving the student a “claim number.” They may also tell students not to come to ISSS because they claim that ISSS will terminate their immigration record.
    Please know that ISSS is here to help you. If you receive a call like this, you should come to the ISSS during our office hours. We will review your record to assure you that there are no issues, and we can help you in reporting the scam call if you wish to do so.
    If you receive threatening calls or messages from someone claiming to be a government official or law enforcement official:
    • DO NOT give the caller any personal or financial information
    • DO NOT meet the caller in person
    • Collect the caller’s contact information
    • End the conversation immediately if threats and intimidation persist
    • Contact the ISSS office

Please see additional resources online at: Study in the States, USCIS: Avoid Scams, and Department of Homeland Security Tip Line

  • Graduate Application for Degree Open
    The Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) for Summer 2019 is available on the Graduation page of the Graduate School website. Timely completion of this form ensures timely completion of degree paperwork. Students must submit the GAFD by August 2, 2019. Students are also encouraged to take note of all degree requirements in the Graduate School Manual.
  • Call for Undergraduates Currently Completing an Internship
    Are you currently completing a summer internship? The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is looking for a few students to speak about their recent internship experiences during a panel this fall semester. The International Student Internship Secrets Panel will take place on Monday, September 9th from 6:00-7:00pm. If you are available and willing to speak about your internship experience and answer questions, please contact Erica Kryst at Thank you!

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Last Updated: 7/2/19