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Welcome New Students!

Are you a student who will be starting at UAlbany this Spring? Please visit the New Student page, here.

International Celebration RSVP

The Center for International Education and Global Strategy will host a ceremony for graduating international students, study abroad students who are graduating, departing exchange students, and scholars who are returning to their home countries at the end of the semester.

If you are a graduating international student or departing scholar, please register here.

If you are a departing exchange student or visiting student, please register here.

International Education Week (IEW) Schedule (November 12-November 16)

International Education Week is an international event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of State.
  ISSS is offering events for students all week to celebrate international education and the contributions of our international community to campus!
For a full schedule, please click here.

ISSS Thanksgiving Dinner (November 15th)

You are cordially invited to the annual ISSS Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 15th from 5pm-7pm. Come join us to partake in an American holiday tradition! The event will feature dinner, games, prizes, and more! Cost to attend is only $8 per person. This event is possible due to the generous donation of UAS. Register here:


OPT and CPT Workshops

ISSS offers weekly workshops on off-campus employment, both for OPT and CPT. No reservation is required. If you are graduating in December, the OPT filing period opens September 20th. Students are encouraged to apply for OPT as early as possible because it can take USCIS 3-5 months (or longer) to process your request for OPT. Please view the schedule by clicking here.

You can find OPT and CPT related forms on the Forms Page, click here.

Immigration Art; Immigration Attorney Sessions

We are excited to inform you of a great opportunity to receive 1-on-1 consultations and advice from immigration attorney, Arthur Serratelli, Esq.. Mr Serratelli.—from the Virginia law firm of Seratelli Mijal PLLC—will be here to provide international students with information on, and resources for, OPT extensions, Academic Training, H-1B visa applications, other possible visa options, or petitions for Permanent Residency. Immigration Art has been working with the UAlbany international community for the last ten years, and we are happy to welcome him back!
Personal Consultations via Skype or phone are available by appointment online on November 12th and November 13th. See attached flyer for details.
Workshops are open to all on November 12th and November 13th, please RSVP to See attached flyer for details.

Writing Center Help for International Students

Need help with your writing? Did you know the UAlbany Writing Center has three international students here to help international students on their writing? Their schedules are below. To schedule an appointment with a tutor, please call 518-442-4061 or visit the Writing Center in Humanities 140. Take advantage of this great resource! For the Fall 2018 schedule, please click here.

Travel Signature Days

Every F-1 and J-1 student must have a valid travel signature on their I-20 or DS-2019 in order to re-enter the United States after travelling outside. These travel signatures are valid for 1 year while you are a full-time student, though we recommend getting your I-20 or DS-2019 signed every 6 months.

Usually, travel signature requests take 5-7 business days. On our special travel signature days, however, we will sign the I-20 or DS-2019 on the spot.  Click here to view the schedule for Fall 2018.


USCIS Policy Updates Related to Unlawful Presence, STEM OPT Employer-Employee Relationships, and STEM OPT Third Party Placements

In recent months USCIS has updated it's policies on the accrual of unlawful presence for students, as well as STEM OPT employer-employee relationships and third party placements.  ISSS has compiled a summary of information related to these policy changes and emailed it to students.  You may read the full email by clicking here.

F-1 and J-1 students should always take care to be in accordance with all immigration rules and regulations. Now is a good time to again reinforce the need for students to be in full compliance with regulations, including but not limited to: being a full-time registered student, not engaging in unauthorized employment, and only engaging in employment which fully adheres to all the regulatory requirements.

We ask that any students with questions about their status consult ISSS advisors for qualified advice.  Please do not rely on the advice of third parties or unverified internet sources.


Review Updates Related to the Executive Order

Updated December 4, 2017: ISSS has posted updates on the recent Supreme Court decision related to the travel ban, here.

Please read ISSS will continue to post any updates and resources pertaining to the executive order on our website, here. Students who may be directly impacted as a result of these recent federal orders and ongoing court cases should also consult this page for important information before travelling outside the United States this summer. As always, students should contact ISSS for the most up to date information and for assistance with any of their concerns pertaining to federal updates.