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Autumn Quarter 11/21/2022 - J-1 Student Newsletter

Featured Topics:
  • Thanksgiving Holiday and Indigenous People's Day
  • Introducing our new Assistant Director of Student Services and Compliance
  • Online Classes
  • J-1 Drop-In Advising
  • J-1 Employment Options
  • ISS Availability 11/21-11/25
ISS Vibes and News
  • Thanksgiving Food
Upcoming Events & Deadlines

ISS & ISHIP Hours this week

Thanksgiving Holiday and Indigenous People's Day

To many Americans, Thanksgiving has a special meaning. People might spend time with family or friends, watch football, play games, decorate for upcoming winter holidays, or take long weekend trips. While many of us enjoy having time off for Thanksgiving, the U.S. has a complicated history with this holiday. To understand more, we encourage you to learn more about Indigenous People's Day, a holiday UW celebrates the Friday after Thanksgiving. And, if possible, take some time to spend with your friends as you settle in for your final few weeks of the autumn quarter

Introducing our new Assistant Director of Student Services and Compliance

Today is the first day of work for our new Assistant Director of Student Services and Compliance. Some of you might know Justin as he's served as an international student advisor with ISS for the past two years. Our team is happy to have him continue with ISS in his new leadership role. So, while you may not see Justin in J-1 drop-in advising anymore, know that he is behind the scenes making sure ISS is supporting you!
Fun facts about Justin: he loves tennis, kimchi, and cats.

Online Classes

As students on J-1 visas, you are not allowed to take online classes towards your full-time enrollment status. At University of Washington, there are three types of classes: in-person, hybrid, or online. You are allowed to take in-person or hybrid classes towards your full-time enrollment status. Read more about your full-time enrollment requirements and exceptions online.


J-1 Drop-In Advising

If you need to talk to a J-1 advisor, please visit Sharece for advising Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 PM. Check for in-person vs. virtual options on our website.

J-1 Employment Options

Make sure to check out your J-1 employment options. As a gentle reminder: your employment must always be reported to ISS so that we can report your activity in SEVIS.

ISS Availability this week

  • November 21-23 - The ISS office is closed to the public. There are no J-1 drop-in hours this week. However, you can email the If you address the question to Sharece, your email will be transferred to your advisor much quicker.
  • November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving and Indigenous People's Day - Our office is closed and we won't be checking our email or working.

Thanksgiving Food

For most of us in ISS, food is a big part of our Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving traditions. Here are our favorite foods for this harvest season holiday.
  • Vegetarian stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy -- Kareen Kanjo, ISS advisor
  • Stuffing -- Alisa Sweet, ISS advisor
  • Stuffing with gravy, cranberry, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream -- Ed Farnham, ISS program assistant
  • Pecan pie and enchiladas -- Leana de la Torre, ISS advisor
  • Pistacchio pudding -- Sharece Bunn, ISS assistant director
  • Mashed potatoes (no gravy needed if they're nice and fluffy) and Brussels sprouts with bacon bits and pizzas -- Jo Anne Marie Ancheta -- ISS advisor
  • Pizza -- Justin Mellish, ISS assistant director


ISS & ISHIP Fall Quarter Hours

The International Student Services office is open for regular business hours. You can visit our front desk Monday through Thursday, 1 PM to 4 PM.

The ISHIP Office has a virtual front desk Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 11 AM. An advisor is available to meet with you about insurance Mondays and Thursdays.
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