USC Commencement FAQ for International Students

1.  Can international students who are currently in the U.S. (i.e., enrolled in classes for spring 2021 or graduated in 2020 and are currently on OPT) attend commencement? California state health officials have confirmed the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021 may attend commencement ceremonies in person. This applies to international students currently located Read more

An Important Message from OIS

Dear USC International Students and Scholars, The Office of International Services (OIS) stands in solidarity with the statement made by President Folt and wants to express in no uncertain terms that racism, violence, hatred, bigotry, and xenophobia will never be tolerated. OIS is here to support and uplift our Asian students and scholars, and we understand members Read more

Social Security Administration Now Open For SSN Application Appointments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is now open for Social Security Number (SSN) application appointments. Students who were unable to apply for their SSN last year should apply now. Below are some frequently asked questions about obtaining an SSN: I began my on-campus/CPT employment last year without an SSN. Should I apply for an SSN Read more

Important OPT Information for Spring 2021 Graduates

As you prepare to apply for OPT with USCIS, OIS would like to clarify some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the OPT Application Checklist, Form I-765, and related documents. For questions related to employment requirements while on OPT and other important FAQs, refer to the OPT Instructions. 1) My city of birth is incorrect on Read more

Safety Advisory: Scams

The USC Department of Public Safety has received reports from students, many of whom are international students, who were deceived into giving money to impostors posing as law enforcement officials or representatives of agencies such as the Social Security Administration, IRS, U.S. Customs, Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Homeland Security. Some impostors or Read more

Delayed Arrival I-20s for New International Students

In light of the current public health crisis in Los Angeles and President Folt’s message to students asking them to delay coming to campus for several weeks, new students (summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 admitted students currently outside the U.S., and students returning from an LOA) now have the option to request an Read more

DHS Confirms Guidance for the Spring 2021 Semester

Dear Students: With the spring semester quickly approaching, the Office of International Services (OIS) would like to share what we know at this time to help students determine their academic plan. Please read the rest of this message carefully, as it contains important information pertaining to the spring 2021 semester. There are several factors that Read more

Winter Break Travel and Re-entry Information

OIS will close at 4:00PM on December 23, 2020 for winter break and will resume regular office hours on January 4, 2021. Please visit the Travel section for detailed travel and re-entry information. Information for continuing students/scholars requesting a travel signature from abroad Option 1: Request an I-20/DS-2019 Reprint Email the Travel Signature and I-20/DS-2019 Request to ois@usc.edu. Read more

Virtual International Education Week 2020

Each year in mid-November, educational institutions across the country celebrate International Education Week (IEW). This joint initiative was established by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. Join us Read more

Visa Options for International Students – Life after OPT

Join Immigration Attorney Tien-Li “TL” Loke Walsh for a workshop covering topics such as: H-1B Visas F-1/H-1B Cap-Gap Relief Alternatives to the H-1B Visa, including E-3, TN, H-1B1, O-1 Visas Green Card Options: Diversity Lottery, Family-*Employment-Based Immigration Wednesday, November 11 at 9:00am to 11:00am Virtual Event Registration Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-RZ8MWT4R0KsYwO5kmZ8Rg