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.
Need a Travel Signature?
You can always request a new I-20 or DS-2019 from OIA to be emailed to you via the Reprint Request Form.
Upcoming OIA Office Closures
- Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023 (1-5pm)
- Thursday, Dec 14, 2023 (2-5pm)
- Friday, Dec 22, 2023 from noon - Tuesday, Jan 2, 2024 (Winter Recess)
Premium Processing Expanded for Nonimmigrants Seeking a Change to F, M, J Status
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expanding premium processing for applicants filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and seeking a change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status. Online filing of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, will also be available for these applicants, USCIS said.
International Travel Information
Information for F1/J1 Students Traveling Abroad
International students in F1 or J1 status, and their dependents (F2 or J2), need the following to re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad:
USCIS Announces Premium Processing; New Online-Filing Procedures for Certain F-1 Students Seeking OPT or STEM OPT Extensions
On Monday, March 6, 2023, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services announced the launch of premium processing for F-1 students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Premium processing means for an additional (substantial) fee, USCIS will provide expedited review/adjudication of an application and issue a decision faster than normal processing times. In this case, for an additional $1,500, you will receive a decision on your application within 30-calendar days.