International Student Services

October 31, 2022

Winter 2023 Orientation Dates

In winter 2023, we’re excited to welcome new students to Seattle! All new international students are required to attend orientation events. During orientations, students have a chance to meet their peers, learn about campus resources, and most importantly, learn about their immigration responsibilities! Mark your calendars and get ready for a fun winter quarter! F-1…


October 14, 2022

J-1 Immigration Orientation Session for Late Arrivals

It was great to meet most of the incoming J-1 students at the J-1 Orientation Session on September 22, 2022. We hope that those of you who attended enjoyed the Costco treats CIRCLE provided. As Felipe Martinez mentioned, Costco gives a great introduction to American-style pastries (which may lack the quality some of you are…


September 28, 2022

Visiting Virtual Drop-Ins? Learn about how they work!

In autumn quarter 2022, the International Student Advising Team is hosting virtual drop-in advising sessions for you. Because all of our ISS team is working hard to process your requests and respond to your other inquiries, we won’t have a host during our Zoom meeting. Please review the information on this post to know what…


What’s the best way to contact ISS?

We often receive questions from students and campus partners asking us, “what is the best way to contact ISS?” We’re writing this post to help you understand a bit more about how ISS works and how we can help you.     I have a question about CPT, OPT, or a Leave of Absence. What should…


September 19, 2022

F-1 Immigration Orientation Sessions for Autumn 2022

Note: This post was updated on 9/28/2022 with the recording of the F-1 Immigration Orientation Session for New Undergraduate Students recorded on 9/27/2022.  We’re so glad that we’ve had a chance to meet so many of you through the F-1 Immigration Orientation Sessions for New Students. We hosted three different session types: one for new…


August 29, 2022

Special Student Relief for Ukrainian J-1 Students

On Ukrainian National Day, the Department of State emailed Exchange Visitor Program sponsors (UW is a EVP sponsor) that we will soon see a Federal Register Notice announcing Special Student Relief for Ukrainian students studying at UW on a J-1 visa. When we receive more information about the annoucement, we will update J-1 students from…


August 15, 2022

Graduating Summer Quarter?

If you will be graduating summer quarter, your I-20 program end date is 8/19/2022. Be sure to review the final year checklist that includes reminders for graduating students about the following topics: Apply for OPT after graduation. Transfer your SEVIS record to a new academic program. Prepare to depart the U.S. and travel home after…


Changes to ISS Advising for Autumn Quarter

We are excited to announce that based on feedback from students and campus partners, we are making changes to our advising availability! Starting Monday, August 22, the ISS will offer F-1 and J-1 drop-in advising for students. Drop-in advising is intended for simple, quick questions about your immigration status. Students will time-sensitive questions or those…


August 12, 2022

Shih International Student Loan

UW international graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Shih International 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…


July 25, 2022

SUMMER IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (PNW)

We hope you are enjoying the PNW summer in the Seattle area. The ISS staff want to share some of our favorite things to do or places to visit in the summer. Attend one of the many festivals or events around the Greater Seattle neighborhoods, especially the ones with live music! Kayaking on one of…


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