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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released new policy changes surrounding violations of status and unlawful presence policies in the United States. Previously, non-immigrants (F and J visa holders) would only accrue days of unlawful presence when either an immigration judge or USCIS determined a status violation. As of August 9, 2018, non-immigrants will now begin to accrue unlawful presence one day after the following:

  1. Expiration of a date specific I-94
  2. Failing to pursue the course of study or authorized activity
  3. Engaging in unauthorized activity
  4. Completing course of study/program/practical training plus grace period
  5. Removal order by immigration judge

If someone accrues between 180 - 364 days of unlawful presence, they can be barred from returning to the United States for three years. If someone accrues 365 days or more, the bar is for 10 years. Therefore, it is of upmost importance that you keep yourself as informed as possible, so as not to do anything to inadvertently violate your immigration status. In particular, be mindful to:

  1. Maintain full time enrollment during autumn and spring semester, and summer when required. If you think you must drop below full time, speak with an immigration coordinator at OIA immediately.
  2. Only engage in authorized employment. Do not exceed more than 20 hours per week of work on campus while school is in session. Never work off campus without prior authorization from OIA.

For more information, please visit the Policy Memorandum. Ultimately, maintaining legal status is your responsibility, but OIA is here to assist you and answer any questions you may have. You are always welcome to contact us at iss@osu.edu or give us a call at 614-292-6101.

Ohio State is home to more than 6,000 international students who are a vibrant part of the campus community and interact with faculty and staff every single day.

To educate faculty and staff about how they can work more effectively with the international student population, the Office of International Affairs developed the International Student Experience Workshop Series.

The workshop has three sessions that cover three large themes: Pre-Arrival and Check-In and Orientation, Cultural Adjustment and Academics and Career Expectations

The workshops will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share their experiences on the selected topics.

Each workshop is offered twice, and you only need to choose one to attend. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate from the Office of International Affairs. There is no cost to register, and light refreshments will be provided during each workshop.

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2015 Best in Show - Fire and Ice (Photography Paul Woo)All The Ohio State University students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni are invited to submit photos to the 2018 International Photography Competition. All photographs must be the original work of the entrant, of high quality and taken outside of the United States. Photographers are invited to submit one photo in each category: People, Places and Arts & Culture. Submissions are accepted until October 8, 2018. Review the 2018 International Photography Competition Rules and submit your best international photos.

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Ohio State expects to welcome close to 2,100 new international students to the Buckeye family this autumn semester – a record number for the university.

Out of the total number of students, 805 are graduate and professional students and 1,327 are undergraduate students.

The new students represent a total of 67 different countries including Australia, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey.

The leading home countries for the new international students are China (1,515), India (204), South Korea (94), Taiwan (26) and Malaysia (23).

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All international undergraduate students are invited to enroll in a newly developed seven-week course for autumn semester 2018, ESEPSY 2060: Academic Success Strategies for International Students (class number: 35953; session 2; TuTh 12:45 – 2:05 p.m.; Younkin 220). 

The course is designed to help international students adapt to U.S. academic culture and practice skills (e.g., communicating with instructors, class participation, source citation, time management, active learning) needed for success in Ohio State classrooms. Students will also become familiar with a wide variety of campus resources.

The two-credit hour course will be offered during the second seven-week session of autumn 2018, and again for the first seven-week session of spring 2019. The instructor has many years of experience working with international students and with teaching study skills. 

Students may contact Caroline Omolesky, international student academic liaison at the Office of International Affairs with any questions.