Did you miss the latest "OISS Weekly: Your International Student Newsletter"? No worries! Find the most up to date publication and ICYMI section below.
In case you missed it, those are the latest announcements you need to know about:
Don't Allow your I-20 to Expire!
Your I-20 has a program end date. If you will not complete your academic program by that date, then you will need an extension. Request a new I-20 on our website, upload financial documentation tat shows your ability to pay for tuition and living expenses for the extended time. Your extension will be processed and your new I-20 will be emailed/mailed to your address on file.
Graduating in May? Time to apply for OPT
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit of your F-1 visa that allows you to gain U.S. work experience in your major for 12 months and an additional 24 months for STEM majors. Visit the OISS website for application details and don't delay applying as it takes 3-4 months for USCIS to process each application.
Scam and Fraud Advisory
SEVP is reminding international students to beware of a scam involving individuals using the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Response Center (SRC) hone numbers (703-603-3400 and 800-892-4829) and claiming to be SRC representatives. See this advisory on Study in the States as well this handout from the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.
Overcoming financial hardship
If exceptional financial hardship arise, you should contact OISS for possible assistance. Also consider to apply for off-campus work permit for Severe Economic Hardship. Make an application appointment with the OISS office. Be aware that the Community Cupboard on campus (Chapel classroom) has dry foods and various toiletries.
Filing your Taxes: Deadline extended until May 17
If you are an F-1 student who has been in the U.S. for less than 5 years, you are now able to purchase the Sprintax software code for $10. F-1 students who have been in the U.S. for more than 5 years are considered a "resident" for tax purposes and may not use Sprintax services. You can process your taxes through Turbo Tax or H&R Block.