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ISSS Wintersession Hours (December 14-January 13)

While the Science Library building is closed over wintersession (December 14-January 13). ISSS will continue all operations virtually. We will still be available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm in the virtual format.

Students who need advising or other assistance may schedule a Zoom appointment or email [email protected] for assistance. While walk-in advising will not be available during this time frame, our appointment availability has been adjusted to accommodate both morning and afternoon appointment slots.

Students may continue to submit all document processing requests, including travel signature requests, through the EForms available on our website. Students should allow 5-7 business days for processing of any requests.

In-person pickups will be limited after December 13th but may be scheduled if needed on a case by case basis.  Please plan to pick up any documents on or before December 13th.

Students whose needs are not met by the above virtual availability should contact [email protected] for additional guidance.

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 this Fall 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.

Ugandan Student, Bridget Nandawula, Honored with 2022 InitiativesBridget Nandawula for Women Award

Congratulations to School of Public Health international student from Uganda, Bridget Nandawula!  Honored on July 21st at a UAlbany awards reception, she is the recipient of the 2022 Initiatives for Women (IFW) award.  Learn more about Bridget's story.



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ISSS is now on Instagram! Follow us to get the latest updates on events and other important announcements @ualbanyisss

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.