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

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