Welcome to the Office of International Affairs
The Office of International Affairs provides advising services and supportive programming to the international community at the University of Chicago.
Phone: (773) 702-7752
Address: 1427 E. 60th St. Chicago, Suite 251, Chicago, IL 60637 (MAP)
We are located in the UChicago Press Building on the second floor (suite 251).
2019 winter break/holiday office closures:
Thurs, Dec 12 - OIA open from 9am-12:30pm (closed remainder of the day)
Wed, Dec 18 - OIA open 9am-2:30pm (closed remainder of the day)
Thurs, Dec 19 - OIA open 9am-1pm (closed remainder of the day)
Tue, Dec 24 - OIA open from 9am-12pm (closed remainder of the day)
Wed, Dec 25 - OIA closed
Tue, Dec 31 - OIA open from 9am-12pm (closed remainder of the day)
Wed, Jan 1 - OIA closed
Office hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-4:30pm and Friday: 10am-4:30pm
Student walk-in advising hours: Monday-Thursday from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm
OPT Processing Delays with USCIS
USCIS currently reflects OPT processing time to take between 2.5–5 months from date of submission to approval and EAD receipt. To date, we have seen cases where students have received approvals in 100-115 days, and others that have taken nearly all 5 months to be processed and approved. We completely understand how difficult this can make your life as you navigate this uncertainty and have to communicate and renegotiate start-dates on job offers.
OIA Warning: USCIS and Other Immigration Related Scams
SCAM ALERT - Government officials (either U.S. or international) will never call you! Beware scammers and imposters calling from recognized government numbers claiming you are in violation of your immigration status, social security status, etc., and asking you for money. Please review the information carefully and contact OIA any time you have any questions about your immigration statuses or requests you receive.
New SEVP Portal for Reporting Post-Completion OPT
On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) launched the SEVP Portal. The portal is a tool that allows F-1 students on approved post-completion optional practical training (OPT) to report changes to their home address, telephone number and employer information. The portal is accessible from both your mobile device and computer.