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Welcome New Students- Click Here to Access the Orientation Schedule and Information!

Spring 2021 International Orientation will take place January 26-January 29, 2021.  This Orientation may be accessible in a remote format over Zoom so that students may participate from anywhere, inside or outside the U.S.  All new students are required to attend Orientation.  Students living on campus should refer to the move-in instructions sent to them by the Office of Residential Life.

DHS Guidance for Spring 2021- Updated 1.6.2021

SEVP announced that the March 2020 guidance (the same guidance used during the Fall 2020 term) remains in effect until further notice.  Based on this, the online course registration requirements a student followed in Fall continue to be in effect for that student during Spring.  Students who were actively enrolled and in an active F-1 or J-1 SEVIS status as of March 9, 2020 may enroll in a fully online course of study and maintain status (full-time registration is still required).  Students who do not meet this criteria are required to enroll in at least one in-person or blended/hybrid course to maintain F-1 or J-1 status.

At this time, we ask that all students please review our UAlbany CIEGS/ISSS Spring 2021 Policy Guidance for F-1/J-1 Students, available here.  If you have any questions please email [email protected] 

Scheduling an Appointment with ISSS

During remote operations, the best way to contact us is through email ([email protected]) or by scheduling an appointment to meet with an advisor through Zoom.  (Please note: ISSS does not handle the Admissions/application process, those questions are best directed to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions). 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.

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.

Employment Workshop Schedule for Spring 2021 (OPT, CPT, and STEM OPT Workshops)

Every semester, ISSS offers a number of employment authorization workshops for students. This includes live Zoom workshops on CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT. In order to meet the scheduling needs of students during remote learning, we will also offer recorded versions of these workshops on our website to make them easily accessible if you are unable to attend a live workshop. Additionally, we will now be offering open Q&A sessions on Zoom which students can attend if they have follow up questions after viewing a workshop recording.

Click here to view  a full schedule with Zoom links.

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.  To see an overview of the changes, click here.  To access our Forms page and all EForm instructions, click here.

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