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.
What to do in Chicago over the winter break?
Holiday Lights, City Lights Chicago Architecture Foundation See downtown Chicago's beautiful city lights at night and see the holiday lights on Michigan Avenue aboard a heated trolley. The tour includes two stops with views of the city and holiday lights. Learn how both people and nature impacted the development of the city and hear the stories of the architects, developers and leaders who played key roles in shaping the city.
OIA Closed for Thanksgiving beginning Wednesday, November 27
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, OIA will be closed starting on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 through Friday, November 29, 2013. We will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2013 with normal business hours. If you require services from our office, please make plans accordingly.
How You Can Help with Relief for The Philippines
Donation Sites Suggested by UChicago Students
IRS Warns of Fraud Scheme Targeting Foreign Nationals and Others
Department of State Transitions to Online Immigrant Visa Applications
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:
USCIS Stakeholder Message: Recent Telephone Scams
USCIS sends the following message:
Message from OIA Director Tamara Felden regarding U.S v. Windsor and the end of DOMA
Dear Members of our International Community,
Scam Alert: Individuals Misrepresenting Themselves as DHS Employees Calling Indian Nationals
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.
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.
End of Paper I-94 / New I-94 Automation Guidelines
Dear International Students, Scholars, and Employees:
We would like to inform you about the new I-94 Automation process. The I-94 Form is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to travelers who are admitted to the U.S., adjusting status while in the U.S., or extending their stay. A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer generally attaches the I-94 to the non-immigrant visitor’s passport upon entry to the U.S. CBP has announced they will replace the paper I-94 with an electronic admissions and departure record.