Updated 9/17/2021 As you prepare to apply for OPT with USCIS, OIS would like to clarify some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the OPT application process and filing Form I-765 with USCIS. For questions related to employment requirements while on OPT and other important FAQs, refer to the OPT Instructions. My city of birth is Read more
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has received several reports of home burglaries where thieves have been able to enter students’ homes through unlocked doors. Some of these burglaries have happened while students were at home. Please help DPS protect you and prevent burglaries by following the crime prevention tips below: Protect your home, apartment, Read more
Due to ongoing receipt notice processing delays, USCIS is allowing post-completion OPT applicants to file Form I-765 up to 120 days before their program end date. This additional time is applicable to post-completion OPT applications received by USCIS through October 31, 2021. For USC students, this means Fall 2021 graduates with a program end date Read more
International students with financial need are eligible to receive emergency grants from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Students must be enrolled in fall 2021 and complete an application demonstrating financial need to be eligible for an emergency grant. Login to Scholarship Universe and complete the application for COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund – International Students. The deadline to apply for an emergency grant is September 17, 2021. USC is required to prioritize Read more
OIS Advisors are available for one-on-one consultation via Zoom. No appointment is necessary. Please join no more than 15 minutes prior to the session end time.
The Office of International Services will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. We will resume our regular hours remotely on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday!
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
The Office of International Services will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of Independence Day and will reopen on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
On May 14, the Department of Education issued a final rule stating that international students are now eligible to receive funding for emergency grants offered by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA or HEERF II), and the American Rescue Plan Act of Read more
On April 29, 2021, the U.S. government issued a proclamation suspending entry into the U.S. of nonimmigrants who were physically present within the Republic of India during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S. effective May 4, 2021. On April 30, 2021, the Department of State issued a National Read more