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We want to hear from you! We've published our Feedback Form and will include it in all email correspondence. Please help us by providing feedback whenever you're interacting with our office - be that during drop-in advising, emailing with our staff, or after an appointment. The feedback form is available here.


This week, the Seattle-area and much of the Pacific Northwest region is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave. For students who have arrived to Seattle, please be alert to early warning signs of heat exhaustion and try to stay as safe and cool as possible.

If you do not have access to air conditioning, or are too uncomfortable at home, there are free cooling centers throughout King County where you can rest.

For all students, we hope that your quarter is off to a great start! Please keep in mind that the deadlines for registering for courses and paying tuition are coming up - you can find a complete list of important quarterly deadlines published in the academic calendar.


The ISS office will be closed on Monday, July 5th, in observation of the Fourth of July holiday. July 5th will is not considered a business day for processing and all ISS staff and services will be unavailable.


Over the summer, the ISS office will be hosting a series of information sessions to help prepare you for arriving to campus in autumn. We plan to discuss the following topics:
  • travel and National Interest Exceptions (NIE)
  • all about your I-20 - for new students and students who will be traveling to the UW for the first time
  • the vaccination requirement & planning for autumn quarter
We've also created a form to collect your questions - we will be welcoming live questions during the information session, but welcome you to send your questions to us ahead of time.

The next information session is Wednesday, June 30th at 8 AM PDT. Please note - this session was originally scheduled for 11 AM, but will be offered at 8 AM instead.

If you would like to view our previous Planning for Autumn 2021 information sessions, they are available on our website.


We are currently following our summer hours for our Virtual Front Desk and Drop-In Advising services.

Virtual Front Desk Schedule – Summer 2021

  • Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
  • Monday – Thursday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST
Staff will be available to help you navigate the website, connect you to important resources, and provide general assistance. Staff will admit one student at a time to the Virtual Front Desk – we appreciate your patience!

Drop-In Advising

Sessions with International Student Advisors will be available through the Virtual Front Desk at the following times:
  • Tuesdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST
  • Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST.
During these blocks, International Student Advisors will be available for 10-minute consultations. There will be no advising staff at the Virtual Front Desk outside of these hours.


  • If summer quarter will be your first quarter in the United States, you must be enrolled in an in-person course. Review the time schedule or reach out to your department for more information about finding an in-person course.
  • If you are planning to travel during the summer, be sure to review your travel signature validity. We expect that many students will need an updated travel signature over the summer or in preparation for autumn quarter, so please plan ahead.
We're continuing to work on deferral I-20s for students who have not yet traveled to the U.S. If you still have not requested your deferred I-20 for Autumn 2021, do so using our deferral form.

If you were admitted for Autumn 2020 as a transfer student or a student changing to a higher degree level, there will be additional delays in processing your request. We are unable to manually make changes to transfer and changes of education level I-20s and must work with the government help desk, the SEVP Response Center, for technical assistance with these requests.

We appreciate your patience as we work on these records! If you have questions or concerns, please contact us!


  • Event Series: ISS Information Session: Planning for Autumn 2021
    Join ISS staff and campus partners for a live Q&A session.
    We will address common questions about returning to campus (or coming to campus for the first time!), national interest exceptions, requesting your I-20, and more.
    Participants can submit questions ahead of time using our question form.
  • Summer quarter registration and tuition deadlines
    • Please review the academic calendar for a complete list of all relevant deadlines
    • Register for classes before the late registration period begins on July 5th - during the late registration period, a $75 fee will be assessed for first time registrants.
    • Make changes (add/drop) by June 25th - the last day to withdraw without owing tuition or fees. A $20 fee will be assessed for late adds or drops beginning June 28th.
    • Pay tuition no later than July 9.
  • CIRCLE Event: International Student Panel - How to Apply for Fellowships for Graduate Study - June 30, 2021 6-7 PM
    • WHAT: A panel of five to six UW awardees describe their experiences and offer tips on applying for fellowships as international students. To maximize the benefit you receive from this panel, we recommend reading about the fellowship(s) you want to pursue before you attend the panel session.
      FOR WHO: current graduate/professional students, UW undergrads and alumni planning to pursue graduate study, students who are citizens of countries other than the U.S.
      APPLICATION DEADLINES: Deadlines to apply for these fellowships are between October 2021-May 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • SEVP Portal Maintenance - June 30, 2021; 6 PM PT - July 1; 9 AM PT
    • Students with approved post-completion or STEM OPT will not be able to access the SEVP Portal during this time.
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Virtual Front Desk - Summer 2021

Need more information? We offer on-demand and live resources to help answer your questions! Let us know how we're doing by filling out our feedback form.

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