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USCIS Change of Fees

USCIS has increased a number of its filing fees, effective December 23, 2016. This means any application postmarked on or after December 23rd must have a check for the new, correct amount or it will be denied upon receipt. Most notably, the filing fee for the form I-765 (used for OPT, STEM OPT, and other employment authorizations) will increase to $410 and the form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) will increase to $370. For a complete list of changes, please see USCIS' website, here:

New International Student Online Pre-Orientation

ISSS is inviting you to participate in our online International Student Pre-Orientation Program. This program will help your transition to University at Albany and help you better adjust to the new environment. We highly encourage you to participate in this Pre-Orientation. New International students can access this program on Blackboard -> Community -> Pre-Orientation.

Be an International Friendship Partner next semester!

Link to International Buddy Program flyerDo you want to be part of the UAlbany multicultural community? Do you want to earn credits while having fun?

The International Friendship Partners is a series of programs designed to help both American and international students make friends with each other. Participants will also learn different cultures and languages through cultural activities. You can choose to participate in one or more programs listed below:

Part I
International Buddies Program: You will be helping new international students adjust to academic and community life at UAlbany.

Part II
Link to Language and Cultural Exchange program flyerLanguage & Cultural Exchange Program: The International Friendship Partners Program is designed to provide an opportunity for U.S. and international students to interact regularly on a small group basis outside of the classroom setting.

Part III
Community & Public Service Program: You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) for meeting friends and doing cultural activities! Please find program syllabus in application.

For more information and apply to be an International Friendship Partner, CLICK HERE.

DHS Lengthens OPT STEM Extension

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published this week a final rule lengthening STEM OPT for qualifying students from 17 months to 24 months as well as adding other provisions and requirements. This final rule went into effect May 10th, 2016.

The ISSS office has been e-mailing affected students directly with instructions on how to move forward with their STEM extension. We have e-mailed students at the e-mail addresses listed in their MyUAlbany account. Please check your e-mail. If you have not received and e-mail from ISSS and believe that you should have, please e-mail us at

If you would like to read information from DHS please check out:

New U.S. CBP Automated I-94 System

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun its new automated I-94 arrival/departure record system. As international students, you will still receive an I-94. However, it will not be in the form of a small, white card stapled into your passport at the time of entry that many of you are used to. Instead, you will have an electronic I-94, which you will have to download and print from the CBP web site.

Please remember that ISSS needs a copy of any new documents you have been issued, including the I-94. Once you print out the new record, please provide a copy to ISSS.

Click here to retrieve your new I-94 record.