OIS Closed on July 4, 2018

The Office of International Services will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM.

Travel Ban Update

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to uphold the President’s executive order on travel for citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. In fall 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released statements clarifying that benefits for students and scholars Read more

OIS Closed for Memorial Day, May 28, 2018

The Office of International Services will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM.    

Local U.S. Address Update Policy Guidance During Summer Break

Students traveling to their home country to spend time with their family and friends or vacationing outside the U.S. over summer break are NOT required to update their local U.S. address information in their myUSC/OASIS student account even though USCIS regulations state students must report any changes to their residential address within 10 days from Read more

OIS Welcomes New Staff Member Alexa Argumedo

Alexa Argumedo has joined OIS as Intake Coordinator. In this role, she will be the first point-of-contact for student and scholars visiting the OIS front desk. A southern California native, Alexa attended Culver City High School and studied Communication Studies with an emphasis in immigration and media at the University of San Diego. She is Read more

USCIS to Begin Using More Secure Mail Delivery Service

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 27, 2018 that the agency will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents beginning April 30, 2018. The first phase will affect documents that need to be re-mailed because Read more

New Protocol for Updating Information While on OPT

On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will launch the SEVP Portal. The portal is a tool F-1 students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) OPT can use to view and/or report changes to their home address, telephone number and employer information. There is Read more

Canadian runner, Kyra Constantine, sprints for the Olympic Rings

Canadian sprinter, Kyra Constantine, was on a mission and she set her sights on the University of Southern California. The 19-year-old sophomore made a decision years ago about the path she desired for her athletic career: to run track at an American University. During her younger years she played basketball, participated in karate, and ran Read more

Preda’s Prelude: The Rise of an Opera Aficionado

Can you sing in 21 different languages? This diva can. Strolling by the lakeside with her friends, 14- year-old Irena Preda’s gift was actualized. The Slovenian native did not know the power she possessed until this very day when her friends looked upon her in awe of the voice that had not been heard by Read more