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    Changing Your Address with USCIS? Check that Edition Date!

    October 9, 2021

    Starting December 7, 2021, USCIS will only accept the Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card with the edition date of 08/31/2021 for those that choose to complete the paper-based form versus filing the update online. This will only apply to the paper-based version. The form edition date can be found at the bottom left […]

    Hurricane Season 2021

    June 3, 2021

    The weather this year has been quite interesting. We experienced freezing temperatures over several days earlier this year, which included snow. Yes, S-N-O-W, no lyin’ here as we have proof, go check out our Instagram page for those snow filled pictures! We also have had generous amounts of rainfall which has been wonderful for the Edwards […]

    Presidential Proclamation Issued for India

    May 3, 2021

    A new Presidential Proclamation has been issued on April 30th that will suspend entry of nonimmigrants from India. This is due to the severity and amount of increasing COVID cases that India is currently experiencing. Any nonimmigrant that was physically present in India within the last 14 days prior to attempting to enter the United […]

    How to Contact the Office of International Services?

    April 29, 2021

    Who do I talk to?   If you aren’t working specifically with an advisor, and you don’t know who that is, contact We monitor this account multiple times a day. Keep in mind that we are hear to assist you in any way we can. Of course, if you have a question related to […]

    Visa Appointment Cancellations in India

    April 29, 2021

    Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in India, the US Embassy and Consulates have issued a notice that they are cancelling visa appointments through May 15th in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. Cancelled appointments are not being rescheduled at this time. Emergency appointments will be conducted but will be reliant on available staff. The US […]

    F-1 Students have Option to File I-765 Online

    April 29, 2021

    On April 12th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that F-1 students applying for optional practical training will now be permitted to file their Form I-765, Application for Work Authorization, online for specific categories. The only categories that are currently permissible for F-1 students to file are for the following: (c)(3)(A): Pre-Completion OPT (c)(3)(B): […]

    Time to Hang Up!

    April 28, 2021

    It is always in season unfortunately for scammers to coax their victims to do their bidding. The Office of International Services wants to remind everyone to stay vigilant. We all receive unsolicited calls, emails, and post mail (also referred to as “mailers”). Not everything is a scam but that is where we need to use […]

    Public Charge Rule Goes Bye-Bye

    March 12, 2021

    Last April, our office alerted the community and our constituents that under the previous administration, the Public Charge Rule was in effect. This ruling requested information to be provided by beneficiaries/applicants who sought specific immigration classifications as it related to whether or not they and any of their applicable dependents received public benefits. Based off […]

    Refrain from International Travel

    February 2, 2021

    It’s another blog post on international travel. We want to update and to reiterate to our community that future international travel within the next several months should be cancelled/delayed. The Office of International Services (OIS) truly sympathizes with you when it comes to desiring to visit family/friends/loved ones and/or to just plain get away. Traveling […]

    Hold off on International Travel

    January 25, 2021

    The OIS wants to remind the international community that we discourage international travel at this time. This has been the case since last February 2020 due to the pandemic (see: Important Updates from OIS – Coronavirus and Travel Ban). The continued impacts of traveling internationally for our international visitors is still great, even though some […]

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