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.


Travel Information: check your I-20 or DS-2019 to see if you need a new travel endorsement BEFORE leaving the U.S.

New Version of Form I-765

Form I-765 is used to apply for different types of work permission. Students in F-1 status use Form I-765 to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT).  Effective 09/17/2018, USCIS will only accept the version which expires on 05/31/2020. You can find the expiration date on the top right corner of the form.

Proposed SEVIS Fee Increases

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is funded by the student and exchange visitor I-901 fee. Currently, new F-1 students pay $200 and J-1 Exchange Visitors pay $180.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to individuals and organizations. DHS proposes to raise the fee for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-901, Fee Remittance for Certain F, J, and M Nonimmigrants, for nonimmigrants seeking to become academic (F visa) or vocational (M visa) students from $200 to $350. For most categories of individuals seeking to become exchange (J visa) visitors, DHS proposes to increase the fee from $180 to $220.

USCIS Policy Memoranda
Please refer to the following links for the latest information on:

1. Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J and M Nonimmigrants (USCIS policy memo for comment, issued 5/11/18, effective 8/9/18)

Under current policy, which has been in place for 20 years, the unlawful presence count begins only after a formal finding of a status violation by a DHS officer in the course of a benefits application, or by an immigration judge in the course of removal proceedings.

Under the newly proposed policy, the unlawful presence count begins the day after the status violation.

Under both the current and proposed policies:  

  • Remaining in the United States beyond the expiration of a date-specific Form I-94 also starts the unlawful presence clock; and
  • There are a number of important exceptions (such as unlawful presence not being counted if USCIS approves a student's application for reinstatement)

It is not yet clear how this USCIS guidance will impact the policies of other agencies, for example:

  • ICE, in its enforcement actions
  • SEVP and DOS-EVP, regarding a student or exchange visitor's SEVIS record
  • CBP, regarding admission to the United States in nonimmigrant status
  • DOS-Consular Affairs, regarding eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa

2. Expanded Policy on Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA) - Initiation of Removal Proceedings (USCIS policy memo for issued and effective 6/28/2018)

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 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!

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.