Please allow 5-7 business days for processing of all forms and requests. If you are searching for forms related to J-1 scholars, please visit our Scholar page, here.
AccessISSS has a New Look!
AccessISSS, the system you use to submit an EForm request to ISSS, has a new look! The functionality and form availability remains the same as before. See an overview of the changes.
Request for Updated or Travel Signature I-20 or DS-2019
Purpose: This E-Form is to request an update or travel signature on your current I-20. Updates may include an I-20/DS-2019 with travel signature; a replacement of a lost, stolen or damaged I-20/DS-2019; or an updated I-20/DS-2019 (including new major, change in funding, change in employer, cap-gap extension, etc...)It is not to request a new I-20 for a newly admitted student (newly admitted students should contact the appropriate Admissions office for their program); a new degree program; a change of status; readmission; or adding a new dependent (for those reasons, see I-20/DS2019 Request Form below).
New Student Arrival Reporting
Purpose: This E-Form is required from all new F-1 and J-1 students when they enter the U.S. to begin study.
Request a Letter
Purpose: This E-Form is to request a status letter. This includes Social Security Number status letters, visa renewal letters, general status letters, and other letter requests.
Reduced Course Load Authorization (RCL)
Purpose: F-1 and J-1 students must be pursuing a full-time course of study unless they are authorized for a reduced course load for specific, federally accepted reasons. Undergraduate students must be enrolled for 12 credits during the regular semesters (Fall and Spring) and graduate students must be enrolled for 9 credits during the regular semesters. If you believe that you qualify for an authorized reduced course load, please complete this E-Form with your academic advisor.
Extension of I-20/DS-2019 End Date Request
Purpose: If the F-1 or J-1 student requires additional time to complete his or her academic program requirements beyond the program end date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019 the student must apply for an I-20 or DS-2019 extension. The student must obtain departmental approval and submit additional proof of finances with the request.
New I-20/DS-2019 for Returning or Change of Status Students
Purpose: This E-Form is for a student to request a new, initial I-20/DS-2019. Usually this is for students who have been readmitted, are returning from a leave of absence, are applying for a change of status, or are requesting a F-2/J-2 dependent join them in the United States. If you are seeking an I-20 for another reason please see the "Request for Updated or Travel Signature I-20/DS-2019" E-Form instead.
CPT (Curricular Practical Training) Work Authorization Application
Purpose: This E-form is for F-1 students to request off-campus work authorization under CPT. Students must obtain CPT work authorization prior to beginning work off campus, whether paid or unpaid.
Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) & STEM OPT Extension
Purpose: These E-Forms are for students applying for post-completion OPT or an OPT STEM Extension. Additionally, we have included links to relevant USCIS forms, such as the I-765 and G-1145.
Students are required to report changes to their personal information and employment to ISSS within 10 days of any change. Please use the OPT or STEM OPT Employment Reporting E-Form (below) to report any changes, as well as updated your demographic information in MyUAlbany.
OPT & STEM OPT Employment Reporting
Purpose: This page describes the reporting requirements for F-1 students on OPT and STEM OPT and provides instructions for accessing the OPT or STEM OPT Reporting E-Form.
Academic Training for J-1 Students
Purpose: This PDF form is for J-1 students to request off-campus work authorization under Academic Training. The employment must be related to the program field and the student must have their academic advisor’s approval.
Departure (Including Transfer Out)
Purpose: This E-form is to report your departure from UAlbany and/or the United States. This E-form should be be used by F-1 and J-1 students to request that their SEVIS record be transferred to a new school (e.g. if you are graduating and going to graduate school, ending OPT to begin a new program, or transferring mid-program).
Purpose: To request express mailing shipping of a document.
Out of Country Reporting
Purpose: To report that you will study outside the U.S. during a term
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