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
On May 29, 2020, the President issued a proclamation titled Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China. The proclamation is effective at 12:00 p.m. eastern daylight time on June 1, 2020, and will remain in effect until terminated by the President.
According to policy analysis completed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Proclamation "wholly exempts F and J undergraduate students from the proclamation. Likewise, graduate students and researchers are also exempt from the proclamation if they do not have any of the specific current or past funding, employment, study, or research nexuses with "an entity in the PRC that implements or supports the PRC’s 'military-civil fusion strategy'.""
On March 20, 2020, The Department of State suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The U.S. Department of State is eager to resume visa services, but has not yet determined when this will happen.
March 25, 2020:
Virtual learning for our graduate and undergraduate programs will continue for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Letter from the President
The OISS is working remotely. We have set up a separate COVID-19 information page for members of the YU international community. The page explains continuity of advising services, answers to to common questions, and an extensive resource list. To help us keep in touch, we ask all current F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors to compete the OISS Travel Registry.
Release Date:Dec. 6, 2019
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it has completed a successful pilot testing phase and is implementing the registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.
June 7, 2019
Venezuelan passport holders who have been issued a passport extension will have the validity period extended by five years from the expiration date. This extension also applies to Venezuelan passports which have not been extended. The United States recognizes this extension of passport validity for visa issuance and other consular purposes.; Customs and Border Patrol will likewise recognize the passports covered by this decree.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019.
Fee increases include:
- The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F and M international students will increase from $200 to $350.
- The I-901 SEVIS Fee for J exchange visitors will increase from $180 to $220.
Regulation requires all prospective international students and exchange visitors to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the U.S. Department of State issues a visa. Students and exchange visitors who pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee prior to the fee implementation date, but before they obtain a visa or enter the United States, will not need to pay the difference between the new fee and the old fee. Students and exchange visitors will continue to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee on FMJfee.com.
Post-completion Work Permission and 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 2019 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 3 to 5 months. Plan ahead!
If you are travelling this summer, remember to check your I-20 or DS-2019 for a travel signature. Read on for complete travel information