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The Office of International Affairs is dedicated to enhancing a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience. We welcome, support and strengthen diversity through advocacy and holistic service. Enriching connections is our goal.


News

Scam Targeting International Students and Scholars

OIA has just become aware that a member of our international community was defrauded of a substantial sum of money through a scam targeting international students and scholars in the US.  The scam consists of someone claiming to be an immigration official contacting the international student or scholar, stating that something is wrong with the person’s immigration record/status and that the only way to avoid imminent arrest and/or deportation is to pay certain fees.  A very short time-line for such a payment is given and the person making the demand for payment may have certain personal fac

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OIA Opens at 12:30 PM on Wed, August 6

Due to the annual I-House fire alarm testing process, OIA will be closed from 9 AM to 12:30 PM on Wednesday, August 6. We will reopen for regular business hours at 12:30 PM. Advisers will still be available through email during the morning.

OIA Opens at 12:30 PM | Wed, Aug 6: 12:30 PM

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Student Employment Opportunities: Work at OIA!

OIA is now accepting applications for several open Graduate Student Assistant positions.  Graduate Student Assistants will assist with events and programming, as well as help with other office functions.  See the job posting for more information requirements (log-in required).

Requisition ID: 455745 | Student Employment Website

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OIA Closing on Thu, July 3 - Fri, July 4

In honor of Independence Day, OIA will be closed all day on Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4. We will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, July 7. If you have an immigration emergency while the office is closed, you can contact the Dean on Call through the UChicago campus police: (773) 834-HELP (4357) or 4-HELP from a campus phone.

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International Policy Committee Seeks New Members

The Institute of Politics (IOP) is currently seeking applications to the International Policy Committee, the executive body of the International Policy Program.

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OIA Closing at 10 AM on Fri, June 20

TOMORROW: OIA Closing Early Fri, June 20: 10 AM  Due to our divisional picnic, OIA will close at 10 AM on Friday, June 20.  We will be open for drop off/pick up only from 9 AM to 10 AM.  If you need service from OIA, please make arrangements accordingly.   

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OIA Summer Tips

Dear all,

OIA is open all summer in case you need our services. Do not forget to come get your travel signatures if you are leaving the US during the summer. The office is open daily 9-4 PM.

We are having a White Sox baseball outing on 18th July and summer carnival in early August so come have fun with us! We look forward to seeing you!

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RISE Event: Ron Suskind

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IMPACT Recruiting Mentors Now

Calling all current PhD students in BSD, PSD, SSD, & Humanities!

Did you have a hard time getting around, finding a grocery store, or navigating the CTA when you came to Chicago? Do you wish you had someone you could ask about where to get coffee or how to use the library printing system? Now you can help incoming international students answer these questions and adjust to life at UChicago!

The application deadline is May 7. More information on the program can be found here.

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Today's (4/29/14) Tax Withholding Workshop Cancelled

Due to a scheduling conflict with the presenter, today's Tax Withholding Workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  You will receive communication with an updated date and time for this workshop once it has been rescheduled.

In the meantime, you can get information about tax withholding on our new employee website.

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1-Minute Survey: Green Card after Marrying a U.S. Citizen

Dear International Student or Scholar,

OIA occasionally gets requests for information regarding green cards based on marriage to a U.S. citizen and we are exploring whether we should develop better resources on this topic.  So we are asking you to take a 1-Minute Survey (2 questions and 1 comment box) to help us make this determination.  Please respond to the survey even if you are not interested in such resources; one of the possible answers lets you indicate this.  Thank you for your time and for supporting our work!

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New Ways to Submit Feedback to OIA

The Office of International Affairs now has two additional methods of communication available for international students, scholars, employees, spouses, and others.  Visitors to the OIA webpage can now submit an anonymous comment, suggestion, or issue through OIA’s Online Comment Box.  Your personal information will not be collected when you

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IRS Warns of Fraud Scheme Targeting Foreign Nationals and Others

Fragomen reports:

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New service available to transfer funds internationally

Dear International Student,

We are very pleased to announce a new service available to those of you who need to transfer funds from abroad to the University of Chicago to pay for tuition and fees. While you have always been able to do so via wire transfers, you have told us that those can be expensive, slow, and unreliable. The University has now partnered with peerTransfer to provide a system that has several advantages:

peerTransfer allows you to:

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USCIS Stakeholder Message: Recent Telephone Scams

USCIS sends the following message:

Dear Stakeholder,

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Message from OIA Director Tamara Felden regarding U.S v. Windsor and the end of DOMA

Dear Members of our International Community,

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Scam Alert: Individuals Misrepresenting Themselves as DHS Employees Calling Indian Nationals

ACIP Reports:

ACIP has received recent reports of Indian nationals in the U.S. receiving phone calls from people falsely representing themselves as DHS employees asking the foreign nationals to pay a penalty via money transfer to resolve discrepancies in their immigration cases.  The people making the phone calls have had access to personal information such as passport numbers and foreign addresses and have threatened adverse actions such as deportation. 

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Fragomen: Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors Face Closer Scrutiny, Delays at U.S. Ports of Entry

Law firm Fragomen reports:

Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors Face Closer Scrutiny, Delays at U.S. Ports of Entry

May 9, 2013

F-1 and M-1 foreign students and J-1 exchange visitors are facing additional questioning and entry delays at U.S. ports, after a change in Customs and Border Protection procedures following the April 15 bombings in Boston.

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