Late Arrival Process for New International Students

May 24, 2021

In order to support academic success and given that nearly all courses will be in person for the Fall 2021 semester, it is expected that international undergraduate and graduate students including MBA and LLM students arrive in the U.S. before the first day of classes ( no later than Sunday,...

Fall 2021 Guidance for Departments Wishing to Hire Graduate Students Working Abroad

May 24, 2021

The number of University of Colorado employees working from outside of the U.S. has escalated in the last year due to the worldwide pandemic, ensuing travel bans and difficulty in obtaining visas. Employee Services (ES) identified numerous vulnerabilities in paying these employees using the standard procedures. According to ES, “The...

Fall 2021 FAQs for International Students on F-1 Visas

May 20, 2021

Revised May 20, 2021 On April 26, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a broadcast message that international students in F-1 status should continue to follow the March 2020 SEVP guidance for the F all 2021 semester i f schools have not resumed normal operations due to...

University of Colorado Vaccine Requirement for Fall 2021

April 29, 2021

On April 28, 2021, the University of Colorado leadership announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required of all students, faculty, and staff for the Fall 2021 semester. ISSS is working diligently with campus leadership to determine viable options for international students. We understand that the current vaccines in use in...

COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Resources

April 20, 2021

With the various ways to register for a COVID-19 vaccine, navigating the process can be challenging. The resources below may be useful for finding a location to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. ISSS recommends consulting with your medical service provider if you have any questions pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine...

Electronic Filings for OPT Now Accepted

April 14, 2021

On Monday, April 12, 2021, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they will now accept electronic filings of form I-765 from international students in F-1 status who are applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the following categories: (c)(3)(A) Pre-Completion OPT, (c)(3)(B) Post-Completion OPT, and (c)(3)(C) STEM Extension...

Scam Alert: Robotics Technologies

March 29, 2021

Robotics Technologies was recently reported to ISSS for emailing students and asking for personal documents (passport, educational documents, I20s and EADs). The emails were unsolicited. Students who had not applied for a position at Robotics Technologies received the emails. Note: Legitimate companies will never send an email asking you for...

ISSS Statement to the CU Boulder International Community after Boulder Shooting on March 22, 2021

March 23, 2021

International Student and Scholar Services is heartbroken by yesterday’s senseless tragedy at the King Sooper’s grocery store in South Boulder. We want to express our sympathy to the victims and their families. We are concerned for the well-being of our international students and scholars, who are integral members of this...

Flexibilities Due to Delayed Receipt Notices for I-765/EAD Applications for OPT

March 1, 2021

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will apply certain flexibilities for Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications (Forms I-765) received on or after Oct. 1, 2020, through May 1, 2021. Due to the delays in issuing receipt notices for these applications, the following flexibilities...

H-1B Visa Selection in Private Sector Changing

Feb. 8, 2021

On January 8, 2021, DHS published a final rule, Modification of Registration Requirements for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions . On February 5 2021, DHS announced that the effective date of the final rule published on January 8, 2021, is delayed until December 31, 2021.The delay will provide...

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