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Welcome New Students!

ISSS is very excited to welcome new students for Fall 2018 Orientation! If you are a new student, get started preparing for your life and academic career at UAlbany by visiting our New Students page, here, and registering for Orientation.  Please also review our International Student Pre-Arrival checklist.


Sign up for NYC Trip, September 8th!

ISSS would like to extend an invitation for this year's New York City Day Trip! It will be on Saturday, September 8th, from 7am-10pm. The cost of the trip is only $37 and covers transportation to and from NYC. Once we arrive in the city, students will have the opportunity to explore on their own with friends or visit landmarks with staff. Register today at . By registering for this trip you agree to have your Student Account charged $37.

 This is one of our most popular trips and it sells out quickly, so don’t wait to sign up. If you have any questions please let us know at

Join Cultural Connections and IFP!

Cultural Connections is a student group which coordinates the International Friendship Partners,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 1: Buddy Program
The International Buddy Program is designed to provide an opportunity for newly admitted international students to know current UAlbany students, and the ultimate goal of the Buddies Program is to promote understanding and friendship among different culture groups and to utilize the culturally dynamic environment on the UAlbany campus.

Part 2: Language Chatting Room
The Language Chatting Room Program(LCR) is designed to provide an opportunity for UAlbany students to learn/practice and teach another language. It is an excellent opportunity to broaden your horizons on campus, and practice your communication and socializing skills!

Part 3: Community & Public Service Program

You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) for meeting friends and doing cultural activities! Please find more detailed information about this class in the application form.

Apply for any of the above programs here!



SEVP Portal for OPT Reporting Launching March 23rd

Beginning March 23rd, SEVP will launch an OPT portal which will allow students on 12 month OPT to report their information through the portal. Students on STEM OPT must continue to report through ISSS because any changes also require an update to the I-983 form. In addition to using the portal, students on OPT are still required to keep their SEVIS USA, phone number, and email up to date in MyUAlbany. For detailed information on the portal and how to use it, please click here.

For students who cannot or choose not to use the portal, please use the OPT data form to report changes to employment to ISSS. This form has been updated effective March 2018. Please complete the portions of the form applicable to your change in employment.


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.