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ISSS Advising Hours- Spring Semester

Advising by Appointment- In-Person or on Zoom

Walk-in Advising (no appointment required)- In-Person or by Phone (518-591-8172)

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 12:30-4:00pm
  • No appointment needed, just visit Science Library G-40 or call 518-591-8172

Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm in Science Library G-40
  • Student and scholars can also email [email protected] for assistance.  The email inbox is monitored Monday-Friday during business hours.  

DHS Continuation of March 2020 Guidance for International Student Course Registration through 2022-2023 Academic Year

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  released a policy statement continuing the March 2020 pandemic related guidance pertaining to international student course registration at eligible campuses.

Therefore, similar to the 2021-22 academic year, UAlbany F-1 and J-1 international students who have been enrolled since March 2020 and have continuously maintained status may register for any combination of in person, hybrid, and fully online courses during the 2022-2023 academic year. F-1 and J-1 international students beginning studies after March 2020 and/or those who have not been continuously enrolled since March 2020 must maintain registration in at least one non-fully online course (i.e. an in person or hybrid course) during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Applying for Post-Completion OPT?

Students who are graduating and planning to apply for Post-Completion OPT Work Authorization should complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Watch the required OPT workshop
  2. Review all instructions on the OPT Request EForm website, including the Supplemental Forms and Instructions
  3. Submit the EForm to ISSS to request a new I-20 recommending you for post-completion OPT 
  4. File with DHS-USCIS within 30 days of receiving the new I-20 from ISSS recommending you for post-completion OPT 

If you have questions please speak with an ISSS advisor.

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Reporting Requirements for StudentsUS Department of Homeland Security logo

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.