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DHS Guidance for Spring 2021 Not Yet Released

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has yet to issue Spring 2021 guidance for international student study amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please monitor your UAlbany email for direct messaging and the weekly newsletter on Fridays, or revisit this website in the near future for further information and guidance.

Scheduling an Appointment with ISSS

During remote operations, the best way to contact us is through email ( or by scheduling an appointment to meet with an advisor through Zoom.  Below are the steps to schedule a Zoom appointment:


  1. Click this link.
  2. Select an appointment date.
  3. Click the appointment time you want. Click “Confirm”
  4. Under “Enter Details” answer the questions.
  5. Click the blue “Schedule Event” button.
  6. You should get an initial email from Calendly confirming your request for an appointment. Then, an ISSS advisor will email you with the Zoom Meeting details once the Zoom Meeting is scheduled with an advisor.

ISSS Policy Guidance for International Student Study in Fall 2020-Published July 25, 2020

On July 24, 2020 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) updated it policy guidance for international student study for fall 2020. On July 25, 2020 ISSS updated its ISSS Policy Guidance for International Student Study in Fall 2020 which is available here.  This guidance explains the registration requirements (particularly in regards to online courseloads) for F-1 students during the Fall term.

DHS has not yet released guidance for Spring 2021 in terms of F-1 student registration requirements.  Adjustments may need to be made the closer we get depending on the public health requirements at the time.  ISSS will continue to inform, support and advise students on any new developments.

COVID19 FAQs for International Students

Please visit our FAQ site for the most up-to-date information on current procedures and immigration policies. You can also find on this page our guide to help students prepare for Fall 2020.  This page covers many topics, including but not limited to: office procedures during remote operations (document requests, advising, etc.); registration and academics, including Fall 2020 information; employment considerations, including for OPT,STEM OPT and CPT; travel, including risks and what to do before traveling; wellbeing and financial considerations, including financial resources for students; and housing/living considerations.

In addition, students should review the University webpage for COVID-19 related updates, available here.

OPT & CPT Workshop Schedule Fall 2020

Graduating in December? Don't forget that the OPT workshop is a required component of your OPT application.
You can view a full OPT and CPT workshop schedule by clicking here.
Unable to attend live? A recording of the workshop will be available on our website after the first session(s).

Follow ISSS on Instagram @ualbanyisss

ISSS is now on Instagram! Follow us to get the latest updates on events and other important announcements @ualbanyisss

Reporting Requirements for Students

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