STEM OPT Extension: New Reporting Instructions

If you are a student on the 24-month STEM OPT Extension and you received an email from SEVP, or if you have general questions about reporting requirements, please click the link above for more information.

OIS Closed for Independence Day Holiday

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The Office of International Services will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019 and Friday, July 5, 2019 in observance of Independence Day. OIS will reopen on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM. To prevent delays in processing due to the holiday closure, please submit requests for OPT I-20s, STEM OPT Extension I-20s, SEVIS transfer Read more

Updating U.S. Local Address 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 Francisco Gonzalez

Francisco Gonzalez has joined OIS as Administrative Assistant. In this role he will be working at the OIS front desk, handling paperwork and answering general questions. A southern California native, Francisco grew up in Boyle Heights and studied Kinesiology at San Diego State University. He is currently a graduate student in the Public Administration program Read more

4 Ways to Maximize Your Job Search

It’s almost summer, which means it’s the season for job hunting! When applying for jobs, it’s easy to forget what may or may not be appropriate – can you message people for jobs on LinkedIn? Can you email old contacts? We know how stressful the process is, which is why we are here to help! Read more

Helpful Tips for Interviewing

Interviewing for jobs can be very stressful – you’re constantly meeting new people and trying to market your skills, convincing them that you’re the best fit for the specific position in a sea of talented applicants. We’ve prepared a list of tips to help you prepare and stay confident. Before the day of interview Know Read more

Make the Most of Your Spring Break in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, or the City of Angels, is many things – a cultural melting pot, home to Hollywood, and the heart of Southern California. In a city this big, there’s bound to be tons to do! Check out our list of the best things to do in L.A. for a little staycation inspiration. Visit a Read more

Workshops Offered for USC Students

OIS is offering a number of workshops this semester to help students master both spoken and written academic English. Check out a comprehensive list of workshops offered across both the University Park and Health Sciences Campuses. University Park Campus Why Don’t They Understand Me? Tips for Perfect English Pronunciation Learn how to adjust your accent Read more

Jump Start Your Job Search with GoinGlobal

GoinGlobal’s exclusive H-1B Plus database provides millions of H-1B visa application records for American employers interested in hiring international talent. Utilizing U.S. Department of Labor records, GoinGlobal’s proprietary search engine allows users to identify positions, locations, and salary ranges based on company name, occupation, industry, and job title. The H-IB database can also be used to identify Read more

11 Struggles for People with Unique Names

Former USC international student Hue La discusses the challenges of having a commonly mispronounced name. Story by: Hue La Some 98% of the people I’ve met in the States pronounced my name incorrectly on their first try. My name, Hue, is pronounced “hu-ay,” instead of like the word “hue.” Although my name is fairly simple Read more