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ISSS Walk-In Advising Hours

ISSS offers walk-in advising times during which students and scholars can visit the office without an appointment scheduled.  The current walk-in advising hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


Science Library G-40

International Education Week Session Recordings

Work Visas beyond OPT (with Art Serratelli)

Know Your Rights when Traveling (with Seth Leech)

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.