The Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides information, services, acclimation and culturally relevant activities to support international students and scholars and ensure their success.
Greater Scrutiny for Visa Applicants at U.S. Consular Offices: The U.S. Department of State has ordered U.S. consulates to increase the screening of visa applicants and restrict the number of visa appointments held each day. Visa officers will conduct more intensive interviews to determine whether visa applicants are eligible for the immigration category they seek and will have more discretion to order additional security checks beyond the regular background checks that all visa applicants undergo. These new processes, and the limits on the number of visa interviews, are likely to cause longer waits for interview appointments, and longer waits for passports with visas to be returned after the interview. For detailed information on how to apply for an F or J visa and approximate wait times for visa interviews and visa application processing, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.
New Restrictions regarding Electronic Devices on some Flights to U.S. and U.K.: The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom are now prohibiting travelers on direct flights bound for the U.S. or the U.K. from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries from carrying laptops, tablets and other devices in the passenger cabin. Restricted devices may be packed in checked baggage if otherwise permitted. Cellphones and smartphones are permitted in passenger cabins but must meet size limits on UK-bound flights. For detailed information on the new restrictions regarding electronic devices on travel to the U.S., please consult the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DH) FAQ and factsheet. For detailed information on the new restrictions regarding electronic devices on travel to the UK, please refer to the UK government’s FAQ.
U.S. Federal Court Judges block Revised Executive Order Suspending Entry to US: On March 15 and 16, 2017, U.S. federal court judges in Hawaii and Maryland each issued a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO), preventing the U.S. government from enforcing the executive order entry bar that was scheduled to go into effect on March 16, 2017. The Trump Administration is expected to appeal the courts’ decisions and could seek an emergency stay of the TROs. ISSS is closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as they develop. For information on the March 6, 2017 Revised Executive Orderand additional, up-to-date information, please visit NAFSA’s Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Orders. Please contact your ISSS Advisor if you have any questions.
Undergraduate Important Dates and Deadlines Calendar
Click here for important dates and deadlines relating to undergraduate student enrollment, accounts, housing, registration, orientation, and financial assistance.
Click here for forms to apply for a variety of processes such as letter of certification, employment, program extension, etc.
Online Immigration Session
New students: Click here to complete the mandatory session.
Online Employment Session
Click here to complete the session which is required for all off-campus work authorizations.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - click to apply
Click here for information on curricular practical training.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) - click to apply
Click here for information on off-campus work authorization before or after you complete your studies.
Program Extension - click to apply
Click for information about extending your F-1 stay (I-20) or J-1 stay (DS-2019) f you are unable to complete your program within the time indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019.
International Scholar Orientation
Click here for International Scholar Orientation information.
J-1 Scholar Arrival to UM Confirmation
(J-1 Scholars/Exchange Visitors)
Click here for log in page. At log in page, click Create a New Account and complete the information required on the Create a New Account form. Once you have provided the required information, you will receive an email for account activation. Upon account activation, follow the instructions to complete the J-1 Scholar Arrival to UM Confirmation.
(J-1 Scholars/Exchange Visitors)
Click here for survey.