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

Did you receive a stimulus check from the U.S. government?

The U.S. government provided three rounds of Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks) to all resident aliens and U.S. citizens in 2020 and 2021. If you received the stimulus check, you either appropriately qualified as a resident alien or you filed your taxes incorrectly and should have filed as a nonresident alien. Any individual qualified as Read more

Commencement FAQ for International Students

Updated 4/14/2021 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 Read more

USCIS Now Accepts Online OPT and STEM OPT Extension Applications

Effective April 12, 2021, F-1 students seeking post-completion OPT or STEM OPT Extension approval can file the Form I-765 online with USCIS. The online filing option allows F-1 students to apply for the post-completion OPT or STEM OPT Extension EAD, request a Social Security Number (SSN) (if needed), upload supporting application documents, pay the $410 filing 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

Updated 4/26/2021 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. 1) My city of birth 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