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Friday Workshops with ISSS!

Starting Spring 2019, ISSS will host a series of workshops every Friday afternoon! These workshops include topics like employment, immigration compliance, and personal and academic success.  We hope you will join us!

For a full list of workshops, please click 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.

International Buddy Program Sign-Up

Do you want to be a buddy for new coming international students during the Summer and Fall 2019? Did you miss the opportunity last semester? Click here to sign-up: 

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.

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 Spring 2019.


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.