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Monthly Updates

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Monthly Updates / Upcoming Deadlines


Reduced Course Load ApplicationRCL submissions will be accepted beginning January 7. Applications must be submitted before the first day of the semester.Students planning on applying for Reduced Course Load for the Spring 2019 semester must do so between January 7 - January 22.
You can find the e-form on our Reduced Course Load webpage
OPT Filing TimelineOptional Practical Training Applications Accepted NowStudents can apply for Post-OPT 90 days prior to their completion date and 60 days after their completion date. Read further on our OPT Guide.
The OPT Guide and application can be found on the "Forms & Guides" tab on our website.
Completion date does not necessarily mean degree conferral. Please visit our guide to find out more about how USCIS defines completion date.


DateEventLocation & Information
January 16 & 24New Student Immigration Clearance SessionUniversity Crossing Moloney Hall 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All new international students must check-in at one of our Immigration Clearance Sessions.
Immigration Clearance Sessions Online Registration
January 18Resource FairUniversity Crossing Lobby
10 a.m. - Noon
Students can chat with on-campus departments, local banks, cell phone companies and more to discuss and questions.
January 28 & 29SEVIS Check InSaab ETIC 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
All returning students must check in with the ISSO at the start of each semester in order to maintain legal status.


TimelineReminderAdditional Details
January 20Residence halls reopen for students
January 21The university is closedIn observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 22Spring classes begin


As of October 1Crossing over from
F-1 STEM OPT to H1-B
Students that were on F-1 STEM OPT and are now switching over to an H1-B on October 1, 2018 must submit their I-983 Final Evaluation through our STEM Employment Reporting Tool. Once you have fulfilled all STEM reporting requirements with our office, please refer to the employer sponsoring your H1-B for any immigration related concerns.
As of June 2018Important OPT UpdatesPre & Post OPT Petitions are taking 90+ days to process, please plan accordingly.
Check out the Forms & Guides section of our website for more information.
All STEM employment changes must be reported through the ISSO e-forms.
All Post-OPT employment must be reported through the SEVP Portal.
As of May 2018New Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles RequirementsDue to recent changes to the RMV process ISSO is no longer issuing RMV letters for the purpose of applying for a Massachusetts Driver's License or State ID.

Beware of Phone and Email Scams

Avoid Shipping Errors or Processing Delays

  • Do not reach out to USCIS to inquire on the status of your application prior to the listed processing time.
    • This may further delay the processing of your card.
  • Ensure that your name is clearly marked on the mailbox that you requested your EAC be sent to on your I-765.
    • A delivery from USCIS is government mail and will NOT be delivered if your name is not clearly marked.