International Student Services

August 3, 2020

Shih International Graduate Student Loan

UW international graduate students are eligible to apply for the Shih International Graduate Student Loan. The loans are made possible through a generous gift from Jeff Shih, a Seattle and San Francisco businessman, and are intended to help international students in financing their education and completing their degree objectives.  Eligibility: Students receiving funds from their…


June 17, 2020

UW responds to May 29 proclamation

UW Offices of Federal Relations, Global Affairs, Graduate School, and Research respond to the May 29 proclamation suspending the entry of certain students and researchers from the PRC. The UW is partnering across and beyond the University to gain clarity around this proclamation and better understand its impact on Chinese students, scholars, and faculty. These…


June 1, 2020

Proclamation on the suspension of entry of certain students and researchers from the PRC

The U.S. President issued a proclamation that suspends the entry into the U.S. of Chinese nationals who either receives/received funding from, currently is or was employed by, studies/studied at, or conducts/conducted research at on behalf of an entity in the PRC that supports the PRC’s  military-civil fusion strategy and is seeking entry under an F…


May 26, 2020

Spring Graduates: On-Campus Work Permission Ends June 12, 2020

Attention graduating students who work on campus (examples: HFS, libraries, labs, TA/RAs, etc)! Question: Your supervisor said it’s okay to work on campus for one quarter after graduation. Is this true or false? Answer: False. Your on-campus work permission ends the last day of your final quarter. Action Required: It is your responsibility to notify…


Spring Graduates: ISS Final Quarter Checklist

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Do you plan to stay in the U.S. to work after graduation? Apply for OPT now; allow three to five months processing time. Travel plans after graduation? Review the 60-day grace period information and consider current COVID-19 travel information. You cannot reenter the U.S. in F-1 status after your final…


Health Insurance Options After Graduation

Wondering what your health insurance options are after graduation? Starting Optional Practical Training and need medical insurance? The UW doesn’t offer medical insurance for students after graduation, but there are many companies that offer short-term medical insurance to ensure you can stay continuously covered after graduation. Review our OPT information page for guidance on insurance…


Request an Updated Travel Signature

If you are planning to travel outside the U.S. in the coming months, make sure you have an updated travel signature. Do not wait. Allow up to 10 business days for processing. Processing may take longer during peak times so plan ahead. Things to consider before requesting a travel signature: Review the ISS Coronavirus Information…


May 12, 2020

Form 8843 is Due July 15, 2020

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 counts how many days you have been in the U.S. and determines if you are considered a resident or non-resident for tax…


International Student Mentorship Program Application Deadline: May 16

The International Student Mentorship Program (ISMP) is an inclusive community dedicated to leadership and professional development through mentorship and empowerment. Since it’s inception in 2014, ISMP has helped hundreds of students at the University of Washington to find their purposes and passions in and out of campus. The program caters to members’ needs through various…


Deadline May 17 to Use Annual Drop or S/NS Grade Option

Course Drop Deadline Late Course Drop Period ends on Sunday, May 17. U.S. government regulations require international students to maintain full-time enrollment: 12 credits for undergraduate students 10 credits for graduate students While university policies allow students to take fewer credits, this can cause problems with your U.S. government immigration status. To drop a course:…


May 7, 2020

Counseling Center Community Forum

Racism During Our Collective Health Crisis This forum is intended to address the shared pain and create a space to be heard and validated. Additionally, your voice is important. We would love to hear from you on how we can provide support around this issue for the UW community.   Date: Wednesday, May 13 Time:…


Transfer Your SEVIS Record Before Changing to a New School!

Are you graduating from UW in spring and starting a new degree at another U.S. school in summer or autumn? Or are you transferring from UW to another U.S. school at the same degree level? Admission to a new school does not by itself authorize an international student in F-1 status to begin studying full-time…


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