International Student Services

March 18, 2021

ISS statement against violence and hate targeting the Asian community

No words can express the anger, sadness, and fear I am feeling in light of the recent violence and hate crimes against Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian-Americans — particularly against Asian women — taking place in the U.S, most recently the attacks in Atlanta, GA. As President Cauce recently posted, we must not let racism…


March 2, 2021

Scam Targeting International Students

It has come to our attention that there is a new scam targeting international students. There have been TWO reports of UW students falling victim to this scam. We are sharing this information so that you can protect yourself. This is what we know: Students received a call from “U.S. Border & Customs” warning that they “found…


February 26, 2021

USCIS has extended flexibilities for OPT applications sent between Oct. 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021

Dear Students, We have exciting news! Today, we learned that USCIS will be flexible for OPT applications received on or after October 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021. The announcement from USCIS is available for your review. Sincerely, ISS


February 19, 2021

USCIS Update Regarding Applicants Filing Form I-765 for OPT

The following message was released by USCIS. USCIS continues to experience delays at certain lockboxes in issuing receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on eligibility categories described in 8 C.F.R. 274a.12(c)(3), relating to optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 students. While we have made progress in addressing the delays, we would…


February 12, 2021

Deferring your I-20: Spring Quarter 2021 Process

We understand that many students are still making decisions about travel to the U.S. for in-person study. The ISS office must update your I-20 so that the program start date aligns with the quarter you plan to arrive. This process is known as a ‘deferral’. Please use our guide to determine the appropriate process based…


January 28, 2021

Changes to ISS Advising

Dear Students, You may have noticed that we’ve had a few changes to our advising team and services over the last few months.  We were happy to welcome Justin Mellish as an advisor on our team this past September and I joined the advising team in October as well!  We’re working to enhance your experience…


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…


March 3, 2020

How to Learn About OPT

OPT Orientation Video* Start with our OPT Orientation video. *Note: the OPT I-20 request process described in the video is out of date, though all other instructions are current. Use our webform to request an OPT I-20 from ISS; we no longer accept the paper OPT I-20 request form. When and How to Apply: Instructions…


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