Services for International Students

The Office of International Student Services (OISS) is a home away from home for international students and provides a wide array of immigration services. As of 2011 Onondaga has students from 54 countries as seen in this international map. The office manages and oversees the Student and Exchange Visitor Information Service (SEVIS) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Major international student services are outlined below.

Enrollment-related Services

  • Assist applicants abroad to get visas
  • Provide international travel and re-entry guides
  • Consultation for change of immigration status to F1 (COS), and reinstatement cases 
  • SEVIS/Transfer-In Services

Academic Services

  • Authorization of part-time status
  • Program extension
  • Academic program change
  • Shortening program
  • SEVIS file Transfer-Out to other institution

Employment Services

  • On-campus employment opportunity
  • Filing for application of Social Security Number
  • Authorization of Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Filing for application of Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International Programs

  • International/ F1 Student Orientation in January and August
  • Co-curricular programs such as "Employment Interview in American Style' and Country Presentation on a semester basis
  • Hosting Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for ESOL/International Students in November
  • Planning Annual Field Trip for ESOL/International Student in May
  • English Conversation Group
  • ESL Mentoring Service