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ISSS Welcomes Immigration Attorney Art Serratelli on October 27-28

International Students at JilliansArthur Serratelli, Esq.—from the Virginia law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP—will be here to provide international students with information on and resources for filing H-1B visa applications, other possible visa options, or a petition for Permanent Residency. Immigration Art has been working with the UAlbany international community for the last seven years, and we are happy to welcome him back.

The Sessions are:

1. Brown Bag Lunch Session—Immigration Roundtable — Monday, Oct. 27th from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in SL G-5 (the International Education Conference Room).

Join ISSS and Immigration Art for an open discussion on current issues and trends in U.S.immigration. Bring your lunch and your questions as we explore the alphabet soup (F-1, H-1B, L-1 G-4, etc.) of the U.S. visa process. No sign up is necessary for the Brown Bag Lunch session.

2. H-1B Visas and Permanent Residency (with information on other visa options) — Monday, Oct. 27th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Campus Center, Assembly Hall.

Monday, Oct. 27th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Campus Center, Assembly Hall.
Have you thought about what happens after graduation and you period of OPT/Academic Training? Is there a way around the H-1B cap or gap (and what do we mean by those)? Can you sponsor yourself for a Green Card? Find out as Immigration Art walks us through the details of employment-based immigration. Click here to sign up for this session.

3. FREE Immigration Legal Advice — Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27th and 28th in SL G-5 (the International Education Conference Room).

If you have questions or concerns that are specific to your case, you can schedule a FREE 20 minute skession with Immigration Art. These sessions are private and confidential. Because time is limited, please sign up for no more than one 20 minute session. Click here to sign up for this session.

Host Families Needed for Thanksgiving!

International Students at JilliansUnlike most U.S. students, international students and scholars at the University at Albany cannot go home during the short Thanksgiving recess. If you have room at your Thanksgiving table for one or more international visitors, we encourage you to become a host family participant this year!

Inviting an international student or scholar to join you for this holiday is an enjoyable, interesting and unique way to exchange ideas, customs and cross-cultural issues, and you can show our visitors first-hand how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

Note: International scholars are students or faculty doing research at UAlbany for several months. All students and scholars speak English.

  • You must be able to pick the students/scholars up at the University and drive them back afterwards.
  • This is not an overnight visit—you decide the length of the visit.
  • You are encouraged to host at least 2 students/scholars so that they will feel more comfortable.

Please complete the Host Family Application and return it to International Student & Scholar Services no later than NOVEMBER 16.

If you have any questions, please contact Ami Jordan via email: oiega3@albany.edu.

International Students use this link to apply for a host family: Application for Thanksgiving Host Family

Join the International Friendship Partners Program

Sign up for the International Friendship Partners Program for more opportunities of language & cultural exchange with students from all over the world!

Get more details here.

It's a rewarding experience to learn about new cultures and share your own with your international UAlbany peers. Click to view the application.


Host Families Needed

Host families are needed for a few days in January 2015 for our new international students while they seek permanent housing.

Click to get more information about the program and to print out your application.

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.


Contact Information

International Student & Scholar Services

Science Library G-40
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.

Office Hours:

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Advisement 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday

Email: isss@albany.edu

Phone 518-591-8189
Fax: 518-591-8171


International Insurance Office

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
Monday through Friday

Email: IntInsurance@albany.edu

Phone: (518) 591-8185
Fax: (518) 591-8171