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New Student Orientation Spring 2020

Welcome to UAlbany! As a newly admitted student, prepare for arrival and Orientation by completing the pre-arrival checklist on our New Student page here.
Orientation will begin on Thursday, January 16th.  Students should plan to check-in between 1pm-4pm in the Campus Center Assembly Hall (2nd floor).  Students living on campus may move-in to their residence halls between 12pm (noon) and 4pm on Thursday, January 16th.
ISSS will provide limited complimentary transportation service on Thursday, January 16th from the Albany Airport, the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, the Albany Bus Terminal, and select hotels only. Additional information on the transportation available is forthcoming.

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ISSS is now Using E-Forms

ISSS is going electronic! Students will be able to submit some requests online through AccessISSS, the UAlbany ISSS student portal.

The following requests should be submitted online using an E-Form:

  • OPT Requests
  • Status Letter Requests (including SSN status letter requests)
  • Reduced Course Load Authorization
  • OPT/STEM OPT Employer Updates (formerly “OPT Data Form”)
  • New Student Arrival Form

ISSS will continue to release new E-Forms throughout this academic year. Please visit the Forms page on the ISSS website to access all Forms, including E-Forms:

OPT & CPT Workshops- Fall 2019

Graduating this December?  ISSS offers several workshops to help you prepare your OPT application.  Please attend one of these workshops prior to applying.  The schedule is available here.
If you are graduating this December, filing for OPT opens with USCIS on September 18, 2019 and closes on Feburary 14, 2020.

Students planning to do an internship should attend one of the CPT workshops offered this semester to learn more about the application process.  The schedule is available here.

Travel Signature Days- Fall 2019

F-1 and J-1 students should get their I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel at least once a year (please note: travel signatures are only valid for 6 months for students on OPT).  This travel signature is needed to re-enter the U.S.  Normally, processing times takes 5-7 business days.  However, you can get the travel signature at a Travel Signature Day instead to save yourself time.  Plan to attend one of these days to get a valid travel signature!

The schedule is available here.

Reporting Requirements for Students

As we approach a new academic year, now is a good time to remind yourself of your reporting requirements as an international student.  Our Reporting Requirements webpage also features information for OPT and STEM OPT students.  Visit it here