How OIA Communicates with You

In addition to communicating to you through individual e-mails, calls, and appointments, OIA will often broadcast information to entire groups of individuals, such as international students, J-1 scholars, H-1B employees or administrators.

To ensure you only receive relevant e-mails, we maintain several OIA mailing lists. Each list has a specific purpose and a specific subscriber audience; membership to some lists is mandatory, subscription to others is optional.  You can also like us on Facebook to receive updates from OIA.

Overview of OIA Email Lists

Lists for Students

  • International Students (Mandatory): On this list, OIA sends important information for F-1 & J-1 students, such as changes in U.S. immigration policy, travel advisories, reminders for tax and travel, and upcoming immigration programs, and workshops.  This list is mandatory for all current F-1 and J-1 students at UChicago.  You are automatically added to this list. 
  • OIA Weekly Digest (Optional):  Delivered to your email on Monday mornings, the OIA Weekly digest includes information on upcoming OIA events and campus opportunities that are of special interest to the international community.  Sign up for the OIA Weekly Digest.  You can also submit your group's events and projects for inclusion in the digest.
  • Non-Degree Visiting Students (NDVS) [Mandatory]: On this list, OIA sends important information for F-1 & J-1 NDVS students, such as changes in U.S. immigration policy, travel advisories, reminders for tax and travel, and upcoming immigration programs, and workshops.  This list is mandatory for all current F-1 and J-1 NDVS students at UChicago.  You are automatically added to this list, but can also add yourself through the link above.

Lists for J-1 Scholars & H-1B Employees

  • H-1B Employees (Mandatory): On this list, OIA sends important information for H-1B Employees, such as changes in U.S. immigration policy, travel advisories, reminders for tax and travel, and upcoming immigration programs and orientations.  This list is mandatory for all current H-1B employees.  You are automatically added to this list during your check-in with OIA. 
  • J-1 Scholars (Mandatory): On this list, OIA sends important information for J-1 Scholars, such as changes in U.S. immigration policy, travel advisories, reminders for tax and travel, and upcoming immigration programs and orientations.  This list is mandatory for all current J-1 Scholars.  You are automatically added to this list during your check-in with OIA. 
  • OIA Weekly Digest (Optional):  Delivered to your email on Monday mornings, the OIA Weekly digest includes information on upcoming OIA events and campus opportunities that are of special interest to the international community.  Sign up for the OIA Weekly Digest.  You can also submit your group's events and projects for inclusion in the digest.

Optional Lists for Administrators

  • Admissions Administrators:  This list is for administrators who work with international student admissions.  On this list we send information on regulatory changes that will impact admissions, updates on admissions processes and progress, and the administrator trainings that will be useful for admissions administrators. Sign up for the Admissions Administrator List
  • Administrators working with F-1/J-1 Students: On this list, we send occasional reminders for upcoming trainings for administrators who work with F-1/J-1 students, important announcements/changes from OIA, and regulatory changes that impact F-1/J-1 students.  Sign-up for the OIA administrator list.
  • Administrators working with H-1B & J-1 Scholars:  On this list, we send occasional reminders for upcoming H-1B/J-1 Scholar administrator trainings, important announcements/changes from OIA, and a quarterly administrator newsletter.  Sign up for the H-1B/J-1 Administrator List.
  • Administrators working with NDVS students: This list is for administrators who work directly with Non-Degree Visiting Students and provides information on processing changes, regulatory updates, and other news that is relevant to the NDVS population. Sign up for the NDVS Administrator list.
  •  OIA Weekly Digest:  Delivered to your email on Monday mornings, the OIA Weekly digest includes information on upcoming OIA events and campus opportunities that are of special interest to the international community.  Sign up for the OIA Weekly Digest. You can also submit your group's events and projects for inclusion in the digest.

Others

  • Updates on Executive Orders on Immigration: if you are not on one of the student, scholar, or administrator lists above, you can add yourself to this list, which will provide updates and guidance based on ongoing changes in immigration law. To subscribe:
  1. Visit the Executive Order List Homepage. Sign into the website with your CNET ID and password and subscribe to the list. You should see the word "subscribe" in maroon in the lower left section of the window. Click on subscribe. This does require a CNET ID.
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  2. send an email to Updates_on_executive_orders_on_immigration@lists.uchicago.edu with only the word 'subscribe' in the subject line and send. No text is needed in the body of the email. You can use any email address for this purpose.