News & Announcements

Immigration updates regarding Executive Order

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


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.


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


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. 


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.


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.


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.

Read more....

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


International Coffee Hour Dec. 4

December 3, 2015

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


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 



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