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 Transfer Out 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

How to Request an Initial I-20 from OIS

The following instructions are intended for international students who started their program from abroad and do not have a USC Form I-20/DS-2019 for the upcoming semester. STEP 1: Request an Initial Attendance Form I-20/DS-2019 from OIS F-1 Students: Click here to access the Return to USC: Initial I-20 Request J-1 Students: Click here to access the Return Read more

Medical Reduced Course Load (LOA)

updated 7/1/2022 Quick Navigation Eligibility Requirements for a Medical RCL Application Instructions for a Medical RCL Returning from a Medical RCL If students have a temporary health condition they can take a break from their studies. Students must declare a leave of absence with the university; however, for immigration purposes, students would apply for a Read more

Standard Leave of Absence (LOA)

updated 7/1/2022 Quick Navigation Eligibility Requirements for a Standard LOA Application Instructions for a Standard LOA SEVIS Termination and Departure from U.S. Regaining F-1 Status after a LOA (More than Five Months) Regaining F-1 Status after a LOA (Less than Five Months) A standard leave of absence (LOA) is a temporary leave from the university, 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

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