Welcome to the Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides advising services and supportive programming to the international community at the University of Chicago. Please reach out to your OIA adviser via email or by telephone. If you do not know who your adviser is, please visit the OIA Staff Directory.
USCIS Announced Plans to Expand Premium Processing in Spring 2023
USCIS announced plans to expand premium processing in phases over Spring 2023 to certain F-1 students with pending and initial Form I-765 OPT and STEM OPT applications, and certain students and exchange visitors seeking a change or extension of status on Form I-539.
According to USCIS, its anticipated timeline for the next expansion phases are as follows:
CDC Announces Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement from Air Passengers Entering the U.S. from the People’s Republic of China
On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, the U.S. CDC announced it would implement new COVID-19 testing requirements for air passengers coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Effective at 12:01 AM (Eastern time), on Thursday, January 5, 2023, all travelers aged 2 or older are required to be tested no more than 2 days in advance of departure and show a negative test result to the operating airline regardless of nationality or vaccination status.
Consular Services in China Suspended due to COVID-19
Updated: U.S. Embassy and Consulates Resume Visa Services (Jan 3, 2023)
Consular Sections at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and Consulates Guangzhou and Shenyang will resume routine consular services on January 3. Consulate General Wuhan has resumed providing limited U.S. citizen services. Shanghai will continue operating in emergency operations status until further notice. Please note that the number of appointments available for routine services will be based on staffing.