Forms

This page contains the most up-to-date forms for making requests to the ISSS office. Please be sure to visit this page to download the most current form in PDF format. Forms may be submitted to the ISSS office in Science Library G-40 or via email at ISSS@albany.edu.  Please allow 5-7 business days for processing of all forms and requests.  If you are searching for forms related to J-1 scholars, please visit our Scholar page, here.

Request for Document Processing

Purpose: This form acts as a cover form for most requests with ISSS, including requests for a travel signature, new I-20/DS-2019, program extension, CPT, OPT, STEM, Transfers, and other miscellaneous requests.

Request for A Status Letter

Purpose: This form is to request a status letter. The most common status letters are requests for Social Security Numbers and General Status letters. If you need a different type of letter, please describe the letter you need in detail on the request. Please note: if you need an enrollment verification letter and are full-time (9 credits for Graduate Students, 12 credits for undergraduates) you may request this letter from the Registrar’s Office. If you are on an authorized reduced course load, you will need a general status letter from ISSS.

Letter for Inviting Family to the United States

Purpose: This form explains how to assist family and friends with applying for a tourist visa (B visa) and has a template letter you can write to help invite your family

Reduced Course Load Authorization

Purpose: F-1 and J-1 students must be pursuing a full-time course of study unless they are authorized for a reduced course load for specific, federally accepted reasons. Undergraduate students must be enrolled for 12 credits during the regular semesters (Fall and Spring) and graduate students must be enrolled for 9 credits during the regular semesters. If you believe that you qualify for a reduced course load, please complete this form with your academic advisor.

Extension of Program of Study for F-1/J-1 Non-Immigrant Student

Purpose: If the F-1 or J-1 student requires additional time to complete his or her academic program requirements beyond the program end date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019, the student must apply for an I-20 or DS-2019 extension. The student must obtain departmental approval and submit additional proof of finances with the request.

I-20 Request Form (Including Dependent Requests and Readmits)

Purpose: This form is for a student to request a new I-20. Most commonly, this is for students who have been readmitted, are returning from a leave of absence, or are requesting a F-2 dependent join them in the United States.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Purpose: This form is for F-1 students to request off-campus work authorization under CPT. Students must obtain CPT work authorization prior to beginning work off campus, whether paid or unpaid.       

Optional Practical Training (OPT) & STEM Extension

Purpose: These forms are for students applying for OPT or an OPT STEM Extension. Additionally, we have included links to relevant USCIS forms, such as the I-765 and G-1145.
Students are required to report changes to their personal information and employment to ISSS within 10 days of any change. Please use the OPT data form to report any changes, as well as updated your demographic information in MyUAlbany.

Passport Photo Requirements

Academic Training for J-1 Students

Purpose: This form is for J-1 students to request off-campus work authorization under Academic Training. The employment must be related to the program field and the student must have their academic advisor’s approval.

Departure Forms

Purpose: This form is to report your departure from UAlbany and/or the United States.

Express Mail Shipping

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offers you the opportunity to receive your documents express mail service by DHL or FedEx through eShipGlobal’s University Express Mail Services. The DHL and FedEx mailing is at your expense and must be paid for by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). To request express mailing you MUST go through eShipGlobal’s University Express Mail Services. Please note, this service is intended for current students. If you are a newly admitted student please contact Admissions regarding your initial I-20. Once you order an e-ship label, please email ISSS@albany.edu to confirm that you have ordered it and explain why you have requested the e-ship.

Please do NOT go through the DHL or FedEx website directly. All communication will go through the eShipGlobal service, who will notify our ISSS office by email that you are requesting documents to be sent by express mail. Please follow the instructions below:

1.Registration and activation of your account is free. Click this link to register and activate your account.
2.Once you have Registered and Activated your account, click the RECEIVE option.
3.Type "SUNY at Albany” in the University Search box OR Select "New York" from the State drop-down menu list. Now Select “SUNY at Albany” from the list and click CONTINUE.
4. Select “INTL Student and Scholar Services” and click CONTINUE.
5. Complete the shipping form and click CONTINUE.
6.On the confirmation page, double check your shipment details and complete the Credit Card Information form.
7.Click CONFIRM to advance to the Shipment Summary page.
8.University at Albany will automatically be notified by University Express Mail Services (eShipGlobal) that you have requested your documents via express mail. We will process your request promptly and you can track the shipment using the tracking number provided to you by University Express Mail Services.

NOTE: P.O. Boxes are generally not preferred by express carriers. If entering a P.O. Box, please be sure to provide the complete physical address where the P.O. Box is located in order to avoid delays.