News & Announcements
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your ISSS staff
Stay up-to-date on the executive order signed by President Trump.
NAFSA has released their most recent analysis of the positive economic impact international students have upon the US economy.
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.
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
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.
March 6, 2017
USCIS announced that starting April 3, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B I-129 petitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 29, 2016
In order to provide the best customer service across the board, we recently reorganized our advising assignments.
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.
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.
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.
December 3, 2015
ISSS is hosting an International Coffee Hour on Friday, Dec 4 for international students and scholars.
November 25, 2015
ISSS is hosting an invitation-only open forum to discuss proposed changes to the STEM OPT extension.
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.
July 29, 2015
Last month, the US government updated the design of I-20 documents for F-1 students and F-2 dependents.
July 16, 2015
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for H-1B extensions received on or after July 13, 2015.
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.
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.Read more...
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.
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.
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
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