International Students & Scholars


International students and exchange visitors are an important part of Yeshiva University's vibrant community. More than 500 students and scholars from over 50 countries enroll each year at the graduate and undergraduate level or join the Yeshiva's community to teach and perform research.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) provides international students and scholars with immigration support and assistance with cultural adjustment, to help you achieve your educational goals.

The OISS also acts as a liaison with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure University-wide legal compliance with government immigration regulations and reporting requirements. Please feel free to contact the OISS by phone 646.592.4203 or email.


USCIS to Begin Using More Secure Mail Delivery Service

Effective April 30, 2018: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service to mail Green Cards and other secure documents. (This include EADs.) The first phase will affect documents that need to be re-mailed because they have been returned as non-deliverable. Students will have the option present identification and sign for their documents, designate an agent to sign on their behalf, or arrange for pick-up at a post-office. Visit the USCIS website for current information.

Post-completion Work Permission and Summer Internships:

  • Extensive information about work authorization is on the OISS website.
  • Summer Internships: Whether your internship is paid or unpaid, the majority of F-1 students will require Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT): Students who will graduate in May 2018 and plan to apply for OPT, will find all the information on the OISS website.  Please familiarize yourself with the basic information. In addition, the OISS will be presenting OPT information sessions staring later this month (February).  OPT authorization is taking at least 90 days. Plan ahead!


International Students: Your Tax Obligations
If you are an international student in the U.S., you’re required to file tax documentation (a tax return) each year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You must do so even if you haven’t earned income in the U.S. The good news is that if you paid too much tax, you’ll get a refund. Go Here

SEVIS Student Portal Launch

The SEVIS Student Portal will be an important tool that lets F-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT), and STEM OPT, directly report address, telephone and some employer information changes in SEVIS. Once a student reaches their OPT start date, they will receive an email directly from SEVP, with a link, instructing you how to set up an account. Go to Study in the States for all the information! Student who need to update their email address in SEVIS should contact the OISS.

News and updates, courtesy of the NAFSA Adviser's Manual

USCIS Accepts Credit Card Payments for Forms Filed at USCIS Lockboxes
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 2:49 PM

USCIS will now accept credit card payments "for the 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities. To pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover, applicants will need to use Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions." The list includes, among others, commonly-filed forms like Forms I-102, I-140, I-290B, I-485 and I-485 Supp A, I-539, and I-765, since those forms are filed at USCIS Lockboxes. It does not include Form I-129, however, as it is not filed at a USCIS Lockbox.