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

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.


YU International Student Portal


DHS and TSA Terminate Designated COVID-19 Airport Restrictions Effective September 14. (September 11, 2020)

CBP and TSA published in the Federal Register this week that the health screening and airport restrictions were lifted effective September 14th. This means the international travel to the U.S. is no longer limited to specific airport.  This is not a termination of the country-specific coronavirus Presidential Proclamation bans. Those Presidential Proclamations remain in effect.

USCIS Allows Limited, Temporary Use of I-797 Approval Notices Due to COVID-19 EAD Production Delays.
(August 19, 2020) USCIS posted a notice on its I-9 Central site, authorizing the temporary use of an I-797 EAD approval notice (not a receipt notice) as a List C # 7 document that establishes employment authorization (but not identity) for I-9 purposes. To qualify, the I-797 approval notice must have "a Notice date on or after December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020." I-797 approval notices with Notice dates outside this range will not qualify. Employers who use this flexibility will have to reverify the employee on Form I-9 with the actual EAD (or suitable other combination of documents) by December 1, 2020.

Revised Form I-765 Required August 25, 2020

F-1 Students use Form I-765 to apply for optional practical training (OPT) work authorization.  The current edition of Form I-765 is 12/26/19. USCIS is preparing a revised edition dated 08/25/20 that will have to be used for all applications postmarked on or after August 25, 2020. Before 08/25/20 the 12/26/19 edition must be used. The form edition date is found in the lower left hand corner of the form. The USCIS website describes the timeline for using the proper version of the form:

USCIS 2020 Final Rule on Fees, Forms, and Related Changes (7/31/2020)

Many USCIS application fees will increase on October 2, 2020.  The I-765 application, used by F-1 students to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the 24 month STEM OPT extension, will see a fee increase from $410 to $550. 

7/17/2020: There have be many immigration updates in the past 10 days.  Please refer to

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain H, J, and L Nonimmigrants

Section 1 of the proclamation extends the effective dates of Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020 titled Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak. This proclamation suspended entry of certain new immigrants who do not already have an approved immigrant visa. It was originally valid for 60 days, until June 22, 2020. The new proclamation extends the period for an additional 4 months, until December 31, 2020.

This proclamation does not impact F-1 students or J exchange visitors in the Student, Professor, Research Scholar ot Short-Term Scholar categories. It also does not impact individuals inside the U.S. or outside the U.S. with a valid visa. 

Read the Proclamation
Read a related White House Fact Sheet

DACA is Saved (for now)

Washington, June 18, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released their decision in the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California case in which they rejected the Trump Administration's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Created in 2012 by President Obama, DACA allowed legal protections for individuals who were brought to this country as children and are currently residing, studying and working in the United States.
Supreme Court Ruling 

Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China

June 16th Teleconference Update

In a June 16, 2020 teleconference, the Department of State indicated that the list of entities will not be made public. However, DOS did mention the following resources that could give individuals a better background understanding:

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'.""

Read NAFSA Analysis
Read Original Proclamation

General Suspension of Routine Visa Services

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.

USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Fiscal Year 2021 Cap Season

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.

The United States Supports Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

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.

SEVIS Fee Increases take effect June 24, 2019

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 

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!

Summer Travel

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

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