Monthly Updates / Upcoming Deadlines
|30 days prior to program end date as listed on your I-20 / DS-2019||Program Extension Deadline||Is your I-20 or DS-2019 expiring?
If you have not yet completed your degree requirements, you MUST apply for a Program Extension at least 30 days prior to the program end date on your current I-20 or DS-2019.
For more information on the required process and documentation for requesting a Program Extension, please view our Visa Document Extension webpage.
|OPT Filing Timeline||Optional Practical Training Applications Accepted Now||Students can apply for Post-OPT up to 90 days prior to the program completion date and no later than 60 days after the completion date. Please note that completion date does not necessarily mean degree conferral.|
|Date||Event||Location & Information|
|Fall 2022||Office of Multicultural Affairs Fall Programming||Please see OMA Programs & Events website for more information.|
|Address Change Timeline||You must update your U.S. address within 10 days of changing your address.||For more information on how to update your address, visit our Maintaining Status page.|
|Reminder as of September 2022||Beware of Phone and Email Scams||Unfortunately, phone and email scams are common. Learn how to protect yourself from scammers.|
|Reminder as of September 2022||Avoid Shipping Errors and Processing Delays||After submitting an OPT petition to USCIS, 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 EAD card.
Ensure that your name is clearly marked on the mailbox that you requested your EAD be sent to on your I-765 - your EAD will not be delivered if your name is not on the mailbox.
|Reminder as of September 2022||Driving in Massachusetts on a Foreign Driver's License||Foreign licensed drivers from any country, that meet certain requirements, may be eligible to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts.|
|Reminder as of September 2022||Possession of Marijuana is a Federal Offense||Immigration law treats all marijuana or other illegal substance activity as a crime.
Possession, use, and/or admission of marijuana use (legal or illegal) or any other illegal substance by persons who are not U.S. Citizens can result in harsh immigration consequences.
Illegal substances, including marijuana, are also prohibited on the UMass Lowell campus.
Customs routinely checks for marijuana and other illegal substances at the Port of Entry or during any air travel within the U.S.
|Reminder as of September 2022||U.S. Customs and Border Protection also checks electronic devices (pdf)||Please check the ISSO Travel Page for more detailed travel information.|