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SPRING 2021 - WEEK 9

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.


In the next few weeks, the ISS office will be hosting a series of information sessions to help prepare you for arriving to campus in autumn. Please keep an eye on our events calendar for more information coming soon. 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.

Additionally, we would like to remind you that we will be closed for drop-in advising next week, May 31 - June 4.


Many students apply to graduate in spring quarter - now is a great time to start thinking about what's next!

Be sure to review the final year checklist - this checklist includes reminders for ALL graduating students, including:
We know that these transitions can be highly stressful, so we have prepared thorough checklists and resources for, wherever your path may lead!


The UW will require that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please review our blog post about autumn 21 planning and COVID vaccination requirement for more information.

The U.S. State Department updated it’s National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland on April 26, 2021. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if you are not sure whether you qualify for an NIE exemption.

The April 30, 2021 Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019 extends National Interest Exceptions (NIE) to students whose presence in India, China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa may otherwise subject them to travel suspensions. Students with valid F visas who will begin or continue an academic program on August 1, 2021 will be automatically granted the NIE and may travel to the United States up to 30 days before the program start date on their Form I-20.


  • Upcoming events with our campus partners, CIRCLE:
    Community Conversations: Age and Ageism
    Wed 26 May 7-8pm

    This spring, join other UW students in a series of conversations about who we are, who we want to be, and how we can better understand one another’s identities. We will center constructive, safe, and validating dialogue about different components of identity and intersectionality.
    This session will focus on age and ageism -- How do our identities change based on our age? How do we treat others based on their age? What differences exist across cultures with respect to age?
    We will stream the panel discussion via the CIRCLE YouTube channel so that you can participate without needing to be visible. Join the discussion at our YouTube channel:
    There will be an anonymous online form where you can submit your questions during the event — a moderator will ask the questions to the panelists.
    With any questions, please email
  • Drop in advising cancellations
    • Drop in advising will not be available at the Virtual Front Desk the week of May 31st - June 4th.
Spring VFD 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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