International Student Services


March 24, 2023

Spring 2023 Make-Up Orientation for F-1 Students

F-1 Immigration Orientation is required for all new students who receive I-20s from ISS at the University of Washington. New students who missed spring 2023’s orientation session on March 22 or 23 may make up their orientation requirement by watching a recording of our session from winter 2023 F-1 immigration session and completing the form…


March 17, 2023

Remember to Report Your Employment While on OPT

On March 28, 2023, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program is scheduling an update to the SEVP Portal that will display the number of days you have been unemployed when you log into the portal. We wanted to remind you of your obligation to report your employment within 10 days of starting or ending a…


March 9, 2023

Non-Resident Tax Information Session Recording

On March 7, 2023, we had a Tax 101 Information Session for international students at UW! During the session, presenters shared about how the U.S. tax system operates and talked about some important information about filing non-resident and resident taxes. As a note, though presenters mentioned that you can consult with ISS about your taxes,…


March 6, 2023

Post-Completion OPT or STEM OPT?

We’ve been noticing that many students and campus staff are coming to our information sessions or sending emails about 3 years of OPT. We wanted to clarify the difference between post-completion OPT and the STEM 24-month extension of OPT. One of our advisors, Alisa Sweet, wrote out a message to help promote understanding. Some of…


February 24, 2023

Tips for Filing the I-765

As we finish out winter quarter, ISS advisors are preparing for the heavy OPT season for spring quarter graduates. To help you prepare, our newest advisor in ISS, Sophia Schuessler, shared some tips for filling out your I-765!   When filing the I-765 with USCIS (either with a physical form or online) it is important…


February 17, 2023

UW Center for Human Rights Funding Available

Our colleagues across campus have reached out to us about funding available through the UW Center for Human Rights!┬áIf you’re researching human rights or working on projects to advance social justice, this may be available to you! Details for individual funds are listed below: 1) Osheroff and Clark Fund Available to undergraduate and graduate students…


February 13, 2023

Get ready for spring break! Come to a Travel Signature Clinic!

If you’re planning on traveling outside of the U.S. during spring break, you need a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019! Wait – what is a travel signature? The travel signature is on page two of an I-20 and page one of a DS-2019. An advisor signs it after they’ve confirmed that you are…


February 8, 2023

STEM OPT Application Address Issue

Some students applying for their STEM OPT Extension are not receiving their EAD cards at their current addresses. This issue may impact students who are applying for the STEM OPT extension if they have moved since filing their last I-765. What is happening? Students who applied for OPT by filing their I-765 online with USCIS…


February 3, 2023

Filing Taxes? Make sure you have your documents!

This year, ISS made Glacier Tax Prep go live a bit earlier than usual. We wanted to make sure it was available for alumni who are on post-completion OPT, STEM OPT, or post-completion AT as early as possible. That said, we wanted to make sure that students understand that UW has not yet issued 1042-S…


January 26, 2023

Special Student Relief for Haitian Students Extended

Today, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice to the Federal Register regarding an extension to Special Student Relief for Haitian students studying on an F-1 visa. Special Student Relief allows students to apply for work authorization off campus and request reduced course loads when approved. More information about Special Student Relief and how…



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