J-1 Scholar Forms

OIS is accepting electronic signatures on OIS request forms via DocuSign or Adobe signature. Change of Status to Permanent Resident DS-2019 Extension Request / Instructions Invitation Letter J-1 Dependent DS-2019 Request (For bringing a J-2 Dependent to the U.S. after the J-1 has arrived) J-1 Scholar In-Person Research Form J-1 Scholar Non-USC Employment Authorization Request J-1 Scholar Off-Campus Read more

J-1 Student Forms

Students and Academic Advisors: OIS is accepting electronic signatures on OIS request forms via DocuSign or Adobe signature. Change of Status (COS) to Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Non-F-1/J-1 Visa DS-2019 Request   (Replacement DS-2019/ Request DS-2019 for J-2 Dependents) Invitation Letter J-1 Student Employment Request Form Leave of Absence (LOA) Request Form Letter of Standing Read more

F-1 Student Forms

Students and Academic Advisors: OIS is accepting electronic signatures on OIS request forms via DocuSign. For the OPT Graduation Verification Form (GVF), Adobe signatures are also authorized. Cap-Gap Extension I-20 Request Change of Status (COS) to F-1 I-20 Request Change of Status (COS) to Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen, or Non-F-1/J-1 Visa Change from Ph.D. to Read more

OIS Forms

OIS recommends using the latest version of Adobe Reader. Download a free version here. Academic Advisor’s Signature on OIS Request Forms OIS is providing remote assistance to our international community. Several OIS request forms such as the OPT Graduation Verification Form, CPT, Program Extension, Leave of Absence, and Reduced Course Load, require signatures from students’ Read more

Tax Related Forms

F-1 and J-1 students and scholars in the U.S. are responsible for filing their federal and state taxes each year. OIS cannot advise on tax-related issues. Students and scholars can consult consult with a qualified tax professional for individual assistance. Form W-2 This form shows the total income earned and the withheld income tax at Read more

Contact Us

OIS LIVE Advising OIS Advisors are available for one-on-one consultation during the following days and times. No appointment is necessary.  Please join no later than 15 minutes prior to the session end time. Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/93537901871 Group Advising OIS offers group advising sessions covering various topics via Zoom. Refer to the OIS eCalendar to view Read more

Winter Break Travel and Re-entry Information

OIS will close at 4:00PM on December 17, 2021 for winter break and will resume regular office hours on January 3, 2022. Please visit the Travel section for detailed travel and re-entry information. Information for continuing students and scholars requesting a travel signature during winter recess: Please note, you do not need an I-20/DS-2019 to Read more

Tax Webinars for International Students with Sprintax

As we begin to look forward to the coming tax season ahead, Sprintax will host a series of information webinars about nonresident tax, dedicated for the international community. These open, informational sessions will begin as early as December 7, 2021 and will run through to the April 15, 2022 filing deadline. Sprintax Open Tax Webinars Read more

Celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles

Now that you know all about Halloween, check out our guide of things to do to celebrate the spooky season in Los Angeles! USC Events Tommy’s Place Trivia Night – Halloween and Horror Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Location: Tommy’s Place Cost: Free Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST Details: Join Tommy’s Place at Read more

DHS Extends Existing Guidance for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Dear Students: As USC plans for a return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester with primarily in-person classes, the Office of International Services (OIS) would like to share some information to help international students determine their academic plan. Please read the rest of this message carefully, as it contains important information pertaining to international Read more