Local U.S. Address Update Policy Guidance During Winter Break

Students traveling to their home country to spend time with their family and friends or vacationing outside the U.S. over winter break are NOT required to update their local U.S. address information on Experience USC even though USCIS regulations state students must report any changes to their residential address within 10 days from relocation.  Local Read more

New COVID Testing Requirement for International Travel by Air to the U.S.

Effective December 6, 2021, air travelers flying to the U.S. are required to show documentation of a negative viral COVID test result taken within one day of their flight’s departure before boarding their flight. This new rule applies to all air travelers, regardless of nationality or vaccination status. This new rule applies to all travelers – Read more

Tax Webinars for International Students with Sprintax

As we begin to look forward to the coming tax season ahead, Sprintax will host a series of information webinars about nonresident tax, dedicated for the international community. These open, informational sessions will begin as early as December 7, 2021 and will run through to the April 15, 2022 filing deadline. Sprintax Open Tax Webinars 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.