News & Announcements

International Coffee Hour 

November 20, 2017

ISSS is hosting this year’s final International Coffee Hour on Friday, December 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Brooks Commons in Cannon Chapel. There will be free lunch and a few giveaways. We hope to see you there!


Change to ISSS walk-in hours on Wednesday, November 22

November 17, 2017

The ISSS office will be offering walk-in hours in the morning on Wednesday, November 22.  Walk-in hours will be from 8:30 a.m. - noon.  We will return to the regular walk-in schedule the week of November 27.


Update on US non-immigrant visas in Turkey

November 12, 2017

Dear international students and scholars from Turkey,

The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed non-immigrant visa processing on a limited basis.  Read more >>

Please do not hesitate to contact your ISSS advisor if you have questions.

Best regards,

Your ISSS staff


Update on Executive Proclamation regarding travel restrictions, issued September 24, 2017

October 17, 2017

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson issued a ruling to block parts of the new travel restrictions from going into effect tomorrow.

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Message from ISSS regarding halt of non-immigrant US visas in Turkey

October 9, 2017

Dear international students and scholars from Turkey,

According to the statement from the US mission to Turkey, effective immediately, the US consulates in Turkey have suspended all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey. 

If you are from Turkey, we do not recommend that you travel outside the US until the US government issues additional details. This includes even brief trips to Canada or Mexico, especially if your current US visa has expired.  

We will update this announcement as found on our website with more details, if any should arise.  Please check the ISSS website periodically for updates. 

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your ISSS advisor if you have questions or need support. 

Best regards,

Your ISSS staff


Message from ISSS regarding Tropical Storm Nate

October 7, 2017

Dear international students and scholars,

Tropical Storm Nate is forecasted to arrive in Atlanta on Sunday and may last through Tuesday. While Tropical Storm Nate is not expected to be as strong as Hurricane Irma, it is possible we may experience power outages and damage from high winds and heavy rains. Everyone at ISSS cares for your safety and wellbeing, and we want to make sure that you are connected to the appropriate Emory resources in the event of an emergency.

Please be alert for notices from Emory's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR). You are strongly encouraged to download the LiveSafe App so that you can have preparedness and safety resources available to you on your phone. Visit the CEPAR website for additional preparedness and safety information.

Pay close attention to weather reports over the next several days in the event you need to take action. To prepare for a potential power outage, make sure you have supplies of water, non-perishable food, medicines, and flashlights.

Finally, keep all documents crucial to maintaining your immigration status in a safe, secure place. Visit the ISSS website for a reminder of the documentation requirements of your particular status. Make sure these documents are easy to access in case you need to evacuate your living space.

Please contact the ISSS Office if you are in need of assistance. You can reach us during and after our normal office hours. Click here for the detailed resource and contact information.

Best regards,

Your ISSS staff


Message from ISSS regarding Hurricane Irma

September 8, 2017

Dear international students and scholars,

You have been hearing about Hurricane Irma. Some of you are from regions that have dealt with hurricanes before, and some of you are not. Many of you may have questions. Everyone at ISSS cares for your safety and wellbeing, and we want to make sure that you are connected to the appropriate Emory resources.

Yesterday, Emory’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) sent out the following message to everyone at Emory University regarding Hurricane Irma. If you have not already read it, please do so and follow their advice so that you are prepared.

CEPAR Preparedness Update/Hurricane Irma

As you know from media reports, a massive storm, Hurricane Irma, is approaching Florida. The potential impacts to Georgia include heavy rain, strong winds, and possibly tornados. Additional threats and timing will be determined by the path and intensity of the storm.

Emory's Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) wants to assist you with being prepared for emergencies on our campuses. You are strongly encouraged to download the LiveSafe App so that you can have preparedness and safety resources available to you on your phone. Visit the CEPAR website http://www.emergency.emory.edu for additional preparedness and safety information.

CEPAR advises that you understand the risks associated with severe weather, learn the terminology, and make a plan to prepare for an emergency. We encourage you to pay close attention to weather reports over the next several days in the event you need to take action. The preparedness and disaster resilience of our community depends in large part on the preparedness and disaster resilience of each of us as individuals. Working together we can realize a more disaster resilient community.

If you need assistance, please contact us – during and after office hours. Click here for the detailed resource and contact information.

Best regards,
Your ISSS staff


Immigration updates regarding Executive Order

Stay up-to-date on the executive order signed by President Trump.

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International Student Economic Value

NAFSA has released their most recent analysis of the positive economic impact international students have upon the US economy. 

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Online appointment scheduling coming to ISSS

ISSS is pleased to announce that, starting June 15, you will be able to use an online scheduling system to make advising appointments with your ISSS advisor.

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Two H-1B-related announcements from ISSS

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best customer service across the board, we are pleased to announce two improvements:

  • New H-1B request process
  • ISSS advisor assignment change to include H-1Bs

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ISSS delayed opening Monday, May 8

To accommodate Emory’s commencement ceremony, ISSS will have reduced hours on Monday, May 8. ISSS will be open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Congratulations to all graduates!


Pick up emergency contact information card at ISSS

March 16, 2017

To better support you in the event of an emergency, ISSS has created Emergency Contact Information cards. These cards, small enough to fit in your wallet or passport, list phone numbers to call for immigration or life-threatening emergencies. Pick one up in ISSS or the Global Connections Lounge in the Longstreet-Means Residence Hall. And as a reminder, it’s always a good idea to review emergency protocol on our website.


Update on H-1B Premium Processing

March 6, 2017

USCIS announced that starting April 3, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B I-129 petitions. 

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Are you considering a summer internship in the U.S.?

February 20, 2017

If you plan to participate in a summer internship in the U.S., you will need to get work authorization from ISSS prior to beginning, which includes any related training or orientation.

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Information session for Emory community members impacted by executive order (Feb. 1)

The executive order issued on January 27 affects a wide array of university community members. We want to ensure that all impacted community members receive support and timely and accurate information. To that end, on Wednesday, February 1, the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, Campus Life, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and the School of Law are co-hosting an information session for Emory students, faculty, and staff impacted by the recent executive order. Legal experts will be on hand to consult with impacted community members. The panelists will include immigration attorneys and representatives from ISSS, Campus Life, and the School of Law.

How does the Jan 27 executive order affect me?
An information session for impacted Emory students, faculty, and staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center


Updated J-1 scholar minimum funding requirements

December 9, 2016

Due to recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act and related decisions by schools, all new and extension/amendment J-1 scholar requests should include evidence of updated minimum financial support.

Please visit the J-1 scholar minimum funding page for more details. We would like to thank the school administrators who worked with us to provide the updated postdoc stipend levels.


International Coffee Hour Friday

November 30, 2016

ISSS is hosting this year’s final International Coffee Hour Friday, December 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Brooks Commons in Cannon Chapel. There will be free lunch and a few giveaways. Hope to see you there.


USCIS filing fee increases

November 30, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they will increase most immigration application and petition fees effective December 23, 2016.

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Considering an internship in the U.S. during winter break?

October 7, 2016
If you're considering an internship in the U.S. during winter break, you will need work permission from ISSS or USCIS (with a recommendation from ISSS) before you begin any internship orientation, training, or work. You can request authorization via ISSS Link.

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Online F-1 OPT workshop now available

August 26, 2016

To accommodate busy schedules and different learning preferences, ISSS now offers an online Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop in addition to hosting several in-person workshops each month. You are required to attend an OPT workshop before you submit an application, so if you'll be applying soon but haven't attended a workshop yet, now is the time! You only need to attend one of the workshops, either in-person or online, not both.

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New J-1 scholar request process and training

August 23, 2016

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best customer service across the board, we are introducing the new streamlined J-1 new scholar application process.

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Changes to ISSS advisor assignments

June 29, 2016

In order to provide the best customer service across the board, we recently reorganized our advising assignments.

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New I-20 design - previous version expires July 1, 2016

March 31, 2016

As you may know, the US government updated the design of I-20 documents for F-1 students and F-2 dependents. I-20s with the old design will remain valid through July 1, 2016. After that date, all students in F-1 status and their dependents will need a new I-20 with the updated design.

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New F-1 STEM OPT extension rule

March 25, 2016

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new F-1 STEM OPT extension rule which will be effective beginning May 10, 2016. DHS is currently in the process of providing guidance on its implementation. The current 17-month STEM OPT rule remains in effect through May 9.

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Changes in ISSS business hours for Winter Holidays

December 22, 2015

ISSS will have shortened business hours on December 23 and 30, and will be closed on December 24, 25, and 31, and January 1 in observance of the winter holidays.

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International Coffee Hour Dec. 4

December 3, 2015

ISSS is hosting an International Coffee Hour on Friday, Dec 4 for international students and scholars.

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Proposed STEM OPT extension rule open forum

November 25, 2015

ISSS is hosting an invitation-only open forum to discuss proposed changes to the STEM OPT extension.

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ISSS Open House & International Education Week

November 10, 2015

Join ISSS during an Open House on Tuesday, November 17, 12:30-1:30pm to celebrate International Education Week (IEW), a worldwide initiative to honor the benefits of international education and exchange around the globe. 

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US government releases new I-20 design

July 29, 2015

Last month, the US government updated the design of I-20 documents for F-1 students and F-2 dependents.

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USCIS resumes premium processing for H-1B extensions

July 16, 2015

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for H-1B extensions received on or after July 13, 2015.

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State Department technical problems causing visa delays

June 17, 2015

The Bureau of Consular Affairs is experiencing technical problems with its overseas visa systems, which has caused delays in printing visas and the rescheduling of some visa interviews.

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Upcoming SEVIS outage may cause travel delays June 26–28

June 16, 2015

Next weekend the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) will undergo a software upgrade, and during that time the system will be unavailable.

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Premium processing for H-1B extensions suspended

May 21, 2015

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week that they will suspend premium processing for H-1B extensions from May 26 through July 27.

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F-2 dependents can now enroll part-time in degree programs

May 14, 2015

Starting May 29, F-2 children and spouses of F-1 students can enroll part-time in a degree program at an SEVP-certified school or university. 

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Older news

ISSS hiring summer filing assistant
May 4, 2015


IRS scam targeting international students and scholars
March 26, 2015


Tax help sessions start next week
March 18, 2015


H-4 employment authorization changes

March 5, 2015


RESCHEDULED: Ask the Attorney workshop, April 13
Feb. 24, 2015


Health insurance workshop for international students
Feb. 19, 2015


It's tax time again
Feb. 4, 2015


Expanded ISSS service hours
Jan. 2, 2015


Recent scams targeting international students and scholars
Dec. 11, 2014


New changes to J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
Dec. 1, 2014


US now issuing 5-year F and J visas for Chinese citizens
Nov. 13, 2014