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Dedicated support for all international students.

The Office of International Students and Scholars is dedicated to providing social support and immigration advisement for the well being of international students who attend Cal Lutheran.

We offer immigration advisement, workshops, and social activities for international students. We also serve as an educational resource for students, faculty and staff. Programs and activities sponsored by the Office encourage international and American students to interact in order to provide an enriched campus community for all.

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Severe Economic Hardship Work Permit

Students who are experiencing an unforeseen economic hardship who have completed a full academic year in F-1 visa status can apply for employment authorization to work off-campus part-time while school is in session and full-time during academic breaks.  The processing time takes 3-5 months and the applicant must be able to provide evidence that a financial hardship has occured.  Annual renewal is possible if the situation persists.


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Meeting Your Tax Reporting Requirement: 

Filing deadline extended to July 15, 2020 by IRS!

It’s important to be aware that, as a nonresident student in the US, you’re legally required to file a tax return if you received US income during 2019.

 And even if you didn’t work or receive income in the US, you’re still obliged to file a Form 8843 with the IRS.

OISS has arranged access to Sprintax Tax Preparation for you at a discounted rate through the purchase of a one-time use acess code. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, arrange the necessary documents and check if you’re due a tax refund. Our packet provides with with a stamped and addressed envelop.  Purchase here.

Sprintax was used by over 165,000 international students and scholars last year, and the average Federal refund received by eligible students was over $1,087.

All you need to do is:

Pay for your access code and bring your reciept to OISS for the code, instructions for Sprintax, and a pre-addressed, stamped envelop to mail your return to the IRS.

 In Sprintax you will:

1. Register and follow the simple instructions.

2. Complete the online questionnaire.

3. Enter the access code we provided in the box on the ‘Review your order’ page.

4.Sprintax will prepare your tax return.

5.Print out the return, sign, make a copy for yourself and mail the return to the IRS.


New On-campus Housing Option This fall!

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Optional Practical Training


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OPT STEM extension requirements!

Your major must be eligible for the STEM OPT as determined by the Department of Homeland Security's approved list of majors that appear on the Department of Education CIP Code list of STEM majors.  Read more about the determination of STEM eligible majors at Study in the States .

Here's the process:

1. About 90 days before the end of your first 12 months of OPT, you should have your qualified employer complete the I-983 Training Program document. (See instructions and form below)

2. Turn in the completed I-983 for pre-approval to OISS at

3. Once your I-983 is approved, collect all the items on the STEM OPT checklist (see below)

4. Schedule your phone application appointment by using the link button below.

 Schedule A STEM extension Phone appointment 

 Get Involved


We have clubs and organizations focused on international cultures that all students are invited to join:

Armenian Students' Association

Chinese Culture Club

Club India

Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Saudi Student Association

United Students of the World (USW)

Clubs can receive funding for their cultural programs from multiple sources including ASCLU-G Clubs and Organizations funding, Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion in Student Life, the Center for Global Engagement and Campus Diversity Initiative Mini-grants

See complete listing of Clubs and Organizations.




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New Students

We're here to help you feel more informed about life here at Cal Lutheran and in the U.S.

Next Steps

Update Student Profile

At the start of each term, you need to turn in a completed Current Student Profile form.


Update OPT Registration

Report your current address or employment while on OPT.

Update Registration