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Please remember that you can check on the status of many of your requests by logging into your account at internationalservices.wvu.edu.


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Academic Report - Used to request information to verify information for Embassies or Sponsoring Agencies.
Addendum to CV (template) – See U.S. Permanent Residency
Affidavit of Support (students only)
Appointment with Advisor (students only) - Used to make an appointment with an advisor for complicated or ongoing matters.
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C
Change of Address (for F-1 and J-1 students only)
Please note: all other immigration statuses (H-1B, TN, O-1, Green Card, etc.) must submit their change of address to USCIS. J-1 scholars, please see your scholar advisor or email isss-scholars@mail.wvu.edu
Change of Major - I-20 Update - Used to request an updated I-20 after you have changed your major or added a second major.
Please note: J-1 students may not change their major in the US as this is considered a change in objective and requires a new J-1 visa.
Change of Status – See Form I-539.
Please note: we may advise you as a courtesy on a change of status, we strongly recommend seeking out an immigration attorney to assist with this process.
CPT Application - Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization that allows F-1 international students to participate in paid/unpaid off-campus academic internships during their degree program. The purpose of CPT is academic, not just for employment purposes, and the internship must be considered an integral part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student's major area of study. Students must have a specific job/internship offer to apply.
Please note: you must apply well in advance of your CPT. You may not work until your CPT is approved.
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Dependent: Add a Dependant (students only) - Used to request the addition of a spouse or child to your I-20 or DS-2019.
Dependent: Remove a Dependant (students only) - Used to request the removal of a spouse or child from your I-20 or DS-2019.
Please note: you will be required to prove departure and divorce of spouse if you wish to request this. Dependent children will not be removed as this could adversely affect their future status plans.
Driver's License (Applying for a West Virginia Driver's License) – Please plan to arrive at the DMV Office before 2:00 pm for testing and licensing because of the additional time required to verify documents and legal presence status, check with Help Desk, enter the unique license term information to sync license expiration and length of legal stay and the longer period of time it will take you to complete the testing.
Please note: if you are on an F-1 or J-1 visa, your will be required to have a "good standing" letter from our office (see "G" below for the request). This letter must be requested well in advance as it may take us time complete your request. The good standing letter for F-1 students is only valid for 20 days per WV DMV rules. The good standing letter for J-1 students is only valid for 30 days per WV DMV rules. J-1 scholars must request this letter via their scholar advisor or via email at isss-scholars@mail.wvu.edu and is only valid for 30 days.
DS-2019 Extension -  Extension of DS-2019 (students only) – Follow the extension instructions and upload your new documents. You must complete this request before your DS-2019 expires.
Please note: due to federal regulations, you are required to provide new financial documentation for an extension if you cannot complete your program by the date currently listed on your DS-2019, you must also obtain a letter from your Academic Adviser giving a compelling academic or medical reason as to why you need an extension.
DS-2019 Financials Update (students only) - Used to update financial information. 
Please note: financial evidence must be less than 6 months old and requires an explanation as to why you wish to update your financials.
DS-2019 Lost/Replace -  Replace a DS-2019 (students only)- Used to request a replacement I-20 or DS-2019 due to loss, theft or damage. 
Please note: Do not use this for a Change of Education Level. If you are changing from one degree level to another (ex. Bachelor's to Master's or Master's to another Master's), you must use the student on-boarding link in your official admission letter.
DS-2019 Name Update (students only) - Used to update your name to be changed due to an error or official name change. 
Please note: a request to update an official name change will require a passport with the new name or an explanation of the error on our part.
DS-2019 Request (departments only) – department must execute the attached Request for J-1 Visa Document and send it to isss-scholars@mail.wvu.edu. For more information on all the required documents, please visit our webpage on Inviting a J-1 scholar.
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Exit Form (students only) – If you are graduating and do not plan to return to WVU or the United States, please fill out the exit form and submit, so we can give you a "Completed" status in SEVIS after your departure from the US. It is important for your future travel that your status in the SEVIS database receives this update. 
Please note: if you complete this form, you are stating that you: 1)  have returned to your country (or will soon depart), 2) are not interested in pursuing Optional Practical Training (OPT), and 3) not interested in pursuing further studies in the US at this time.
Extension of I-20 or DS-2019 (students only) – Follow the extension instructions and upload your new documents. You will need new financial documentation for an extension if you cannot complete your program by the date currently listed on your I-20 or DS-2019, you will also need a letter from your Academic Adviser explaining why you need an extension.
Extension of DS-2019 (departments only) – to be completed by the exchange visitor’s (scholar's) supervisor
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Flag request form - You may use this form to borrow international flags from ISSS for legitimate events. Please allow plenty of time before your event to make the request.
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Good Standing Letter (students only) - This letter is most often used for verification of your student status with the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or with a funding source, such as your government. Requests may take up to 10 business days turnaround time. J-1 scholars, please email  isss-students@mail.wvu.edu to request a good standing letter.
Please  note: be sure to submit your request well in advance of your driver's license expiration. 
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H
HomeStart Closet Request - Used to request household items to assist in furnishing your apartment.
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I-20 Extension - Extension of I-20 – Follow the extension instructions and upload your new documents. You must complete this request  before your I-20 expires. 
Please note: due to federal regulations, you are required to provide new financial documentation for an extension if you cannot complete your program by the date currently listed on your I-20, you must also obtain a letter from your Academic Adviser giving a compelling academic or medical reason as to why you need an extension. 
I-20 Financials Update - Used to update financial information.  
Please note: financial evidence must be less than 6 months old and requires an explanation as to why you wish to update your financials. 
I-20 Lost/Replace -  Replace an I-20 - Used to request a replacement I-20 or DS-2019 due to loss, theft or damage.
Please note: Do not use this for a Change of Education Level. If you are changing from one degree level to another (ex. Bachelor's to Master's or Master's to another Master's), you must use the student on-boarding link in your official admission letter.
I-20 Name Update - Used to update your name to be changed due to an error or official name change.  
Please note: a request to update an official name change will require a passport with the new name or an explanation of the error on our part. 
I-20 Major Update - Used to request an updated I-20 after you have changed your major or added a second major.  
Please note: 
Do not use this for a Change of Education Level. If you are changing from one degree level to another (ex. Bachelor's to Master's or Master's to another Master's), you must use the student on-boarding link in your official admission letter.
I-539 Form – Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status. 
Please note: we may advise you as a courtesy on a change of status, we strongly recommend seeking out an immigration attorney to assist with this process.
I-765 Form - Application for Employment Authorization with USCIS
I-94 Form - Arrival/Departure Record.
Please note: You should check this record for errors each time you arrive/depart the US.
Immigration Status Update (students only) -Used to update our office of your change of status to another nonimmigrant status or immigrant status. You will need to upload your I-797 (approval notice), front and back of green card, or other evidence of status change.
Insurance Requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors
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J
J-1  End of Program Report Form (department only) – The department must complete the End of Program Report and send it to isss-scholars@mail.wvu.edu if the exchange visitor leaves more than 15 days before the program end date on the most recent form DS-2019.
Please note: in some cases, the visitor may be transferring to another institution to continue the same activity. If this is the case, the visitor will need to notify ISSS of the program they intend to transfer to, and the intended transfer date, at least 30 days before his/her intended transfer date or current DS-2019 expiration date, whichever comes earlier. 
J-1 Visa Document Request (departments only) – See DS-2019 Request.
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Less than Full-time Enrollment (see  Reduced Course Load ) – Permission to enroll less than full-time
Please note: We strongly suggest you enroll in more than the minimum full-time course load (12 credit hours undergraduate; 9 for graduate) so that if you drop a course, you will still have a full-time course load to satisfy your F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status. If you intend to drop below full-time, you  must  be approved  prior to dropping any classes or enrolling for less than the minimum hours for  any  reason. ( Advisor Form uploaded with the request.)
Lost I-20 or DS-2019 -  Replace an I-20 or DS-2019 - Used to request a replacement I-20 or DS-2019 due to loss, theft or damage.
Please note: Do not use this for a Change of Education Level. If you are changing from one degree level to another (ex. Bachelor's to Master's or Master's to another Master's), you must use the student on-boarding link in your official admission letter. 
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Major -  I-20 Major Update - Used to request an updated I-20 after you have changed your major or added a second major.
Please note: J-1 students may not change their major in the US as this is considered a change in objective and requires a new J-1 visa.
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N
Notice of filing for Permanent Residency applications Form – See also  U.S. Permanent Residency
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OPT -  Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Please note: There is no "expedited" request. Be sure to apply early as OPT applications are issued in the order they are received.
OPT -  I-765 - Application for Employment Authorization with USCIS
OPT - Employment update - For updates to the regular, first-year OPT, please update this through the SEVP Portal.
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Permanent Residency - Request Form
Permanent Residency -  Notice of Filing
Permanent Residency -  Recruitment Summary
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Reduced Course Load - Permission to enroll less than full-time
Please note: We strongly suggest you enroll in more than the minimum full-time course load (12 credit hours undergraduate; 9 for graduate) so that if you drop a course, you will still have a full-time course load to satisfy your F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status. If you intend to drop below full-time, you must  be approved prior to dropping any classes or enrolling for less than the minimum hours for any  reason. ( Advisor Form uploaded with the request.)
Replace an I-20 or DS-2019 - Used to request a replacement I-20 or DS-2019 due to loss, theft or damage.
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SEVP Portal Reset - Used to request the reset of your SEVP Portal while on OPT or STEM OPT.
Social Security Card/Number - Information on obtaining a Social Security Letter and also a Social Security Card/Number for payroll processing.
STEM OPT -  Application for an I-20 with Recommendation for STEM OPT Extension by ISSS
Please note: you may apply up to 90 days prior to your EAD card expiration; however, USCIS must receive your application with your new I-20 before your EAD card expires or you will not be eligible for a STEM OPT Extension.  There is no "expedited" request. Be sure to apply early as OPT applications are issued in the order they are received. Also see  STEM (OPT) Extension Procedures page.
STEM OPT -  I-765 - Application for Employment Authorization with USCIS
STEM OPT -  Employer Verification Form - Necessary for the application for an I-20 with recommendation for STEM OPT by ISSS.
STEM OPT -  STEM OPT Employment Update
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Tax Returns – West Virginia University has licensed income tax return preparation software for use by international students, scholars, teachers, researchers, trainees. This software is provided free of charge to aid them in preparing U.S. federal income tax forms. It is designed to take the time and confusion our of filing a U.S. tax return – it takes only about 20 minutes to complete, print and file a tax return.
Transfer In Form – for International Students transferring from other universities to WVU
Transfer Out Request – for International Students transferring from WVU to another institution
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Visit Letter Template - Family members of International students may enter the United States using a B Visa or ‘Visitor for Business or Pleasure’ Visa.
Please note: the United States Department of State (DOS), which issues all visas to the United States, has indicated that visit letters from universities are not reviewed as part of the decision-making process for granting a visa. Though a few schools continue to write letters for guests of their international students, most institutions have discontinued this process. WVU does not provide invitation letters; however, we have provided a letter template that a student or scholar may use to write their own visit letter that a family member can have with them during the visa interview. For more information about the B visa, you can visit our B-1 & B-2 Visitors Visas page.
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W
Withdrawing from school – You must notify ISSS before withdrawing from school. For instructions on withdrawal procedures, see  F-1 students or  J-1 students
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