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August 31, 2017

Welcome New Students!

We are excited to welcome many new undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students for autumn quarter 2017! Review our New Student Checklists, and be sure you are signed up for a mandatory International Student Orientation Session.  We look forward to meeting you!


June 27, 2017

Latest Court Rulings on Travel Ban

There is a new Supreme Court decision partially upholding the travel ban that was set by Executive Order 13780 in March. This reverses previous district court rulings that temporarily blocked the travel ban. “The decision, however, contains an important exception that upholds the injunction for individuals ‘who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship…


May 14, 2017

Most Students Must Complete Tax Form 8843, Even if You Did Not Work in 2016. Due Date: June 15, 2017

Every international student (F and J status) has an obligation to complete a tax form once per year for the first five calendar years that you are in the U.S. Glacier Tax Prep, a tax compliance software program, will count how many days you have been in the U.S. and determine if you are a…


April 14, 2017

Final Tax Q&A Session: Monday, April 17, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Tax Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions International Student Services cannot advise on taxes; we are immigration specialists, not tax specialists. We offer the following question and answer (Q&A) sessions to assist students in the use of the software only, not to answer tax questions. The software program will do that. During the Q&A sessions: An…


March 29, 2017

H-1B Cap Gap Extension Instructions

Students on OPT: will your employer file an H-1B petition for you on April 1? If so, depending on your OPT end date, you might need to request a new I-20 for the “H-1B Cap Gap Extension.” For more details about eligibility and instructions to request the new I-20, review our H-1B Cap Gap Extension…


March 17, 2017

Crime Warning: Fake “Government” Phone and Email Scams

Be careful if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from the U.S. government or the police and demands money. These calls are fake, and are from criminals. UW Police Department has received reports from students about these recent crimes. The U.S. government and law enforcement agencies never demand money by phone….


March 15, 2017

Tax Info: Glacier Tax Prep Available Today, March 15; Workshop Schedule

GLACIER Tax Prep To help make tax filing easier, ISS provides purchases an online tax preparation service designed for F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrants. This web-based program, GLACIER Tax Prep, provides step-by-step instructions and assistance with the preparation of the appropriate forms. NOTE: Students employed by UW must first set up an account in a software…


March 14, 2017

Spring Break Travel? Check Your I-20 or DS-2019 Travel Signature and Other Travel Documents!

Review the travel rules if you are planning spring break travel! Plan ahead: ISS requires overnight processing to issue an I-20 travel signature (see below). International Travel: To reenter the U.S. after international travel, you must carry: I-20 With Valid Travel Signature Your I-20 must be signed by an advisor in International Student Services (ISS)…


March 6, 2017

New White House Executive Order, Travel Advisory

The White House released a new executive order March 6, 2017. The UW Office of Global Affairs provides updated information and resources for UW community members. UW President Ana Mari Cauce updated her statement of support for international student and scholars. NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, has provided a thorough summary of the March…


Tax Info: Glacier Tax Prep Available March 15, 2017, Workshop Schedule

It’s tax season! Glacier Tax Prep will be available March 15, 2017. Review our tax information and workshop schedule.  



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