Our Mission

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.


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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