Tax Webinars for International Students with Sprintax

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

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

The Office of International Services wishes everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Our office will close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 and will reopen on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 8:30 AM.

Visa Processing Delays at U.S. Embassies and Consulates – Limited Appointment Availability

Appointments for visa stamping at the US Embassies and Consulates abroad remain backlogged. Please note that each consulate has its own practices, and that you are responsible for following the consulate’s instructions for scheduling an appointment, and presenting the specific documentation requested. Some consulates have guidance for requesting an expedited appointment, while others are not Read more

Superstitions From Around the World

You might have heard about the bad fortune that black cats can bring or the good luck that comes from finding a random penny. We asked USC international students about common superstitions held in their home countries and here’s what they shared: Written by: Tamara Amhaz, OIS Communications Editor, Master of Communication Management, USC Annenberg Read more

International Education Week

The Office of International Services celebrates International Education Week (IEW) from November 15-19, 2021. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, through various events and programs around campus. Check out this flyer for more information about international events on campus this week.

New Vaccination Requirement for Travel by Air to the U.S.

Effective November 8, 2021, adults traveling to the U.S. by air must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 under a presidential proclamation issued on October 25, 2021. The new policy applies to all inbound, adult air travelers to the U.S. The policy also extends to those traveling from COVID-19 travel-restricted regions. Vaccination documentation will Read more

Meet an OIS Advisor in OIS LIVE

OIS Advisors are available for one-on-one consultation in-person and via Zoom.  No appointment is necessary.  Please join no more than 15 minutes prior to the session end time. 

Important OPT Information for Fall 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 process and filing Form I-765 with USCIS. Click here to review the OPT FAQs. For questions related to employment requirements while on OPT and other important FAQs, refer to the OPT Instructions.

Celebrate Halloween in Los Angeles

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

Boo! It’s Halloween Season

You’ve probably seen carved pumpkins, fake skeletons, spider webs, ghosts and all types of scary decorations on campus and around Los Angeles since the beginning of October. Welcome to Halloween season! Many international students are experiencing their first Halloween in the United States this year. And while it may feel weird and spooky, we’re here Read more