Important OPT Information for Fall 2021 Graduates

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

Community Safety Advisory: Burglary Prevention

For any campus emergency, call DPS

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

Fall 2021 Graduates May Apply for OPT Up to 120 Days Before Program End Date

Fall 2021 Graduates can apply for OPT Starting August 17, 2021. Review the OPT Instructions to learn 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

COVID-19 Emergency Assistance for International Students

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

Meet an OIS Advisor in OIS LIVE

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. 

OIS Closed for Labor Day Holiday

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!

DHS Extends Existing Guidance for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

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

OIS Closed for Independence Day Holiday

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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.