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212.772.4864 ▪ fax 212.650.3147 ▪
695 Park Avenue, Room 1109 East, New York, New York 10065


Travel plans?

Are you planning to travel outside the United States during the spring and summer months? If so, please come to our office at least two weeks before your planned departure date and ask an Advisor to sign your I-20 or DS-2019. Remember that re-entry to the United States requires a recent (within 3 months) signature from a Designated School Official for F-1 status holders or an Alternate Responsible Officer for J-1 Exchange Visitor holders.

In addition, if you have recently applied for post-completion OPT you should ask an International Student Advisor regarding whether you can travel or if you should wait for your EAD card to arrive.

Appointments can be made by calling 212-772-4864 or via email at

If you require a signature during walk-in hours, please check-in at room 1119 East Building and wait to be called. For spring travels, try to get your I-20 or DS 2019 forms signed before May 23, 2014.


Attention Spring 2014 Graduates!

Post-completion Optional Practical Training

As an F-1 student, you are entitled to up to 12 months of employment in your field. This post-completion employment authorization is called "Optional Practical Training" or OPT. You get 12 months of practical training for each higher degree you obtain. That includes separate 12-month periods for Associate, Bachelors, Masters and other graduate programs beyond the Master's level.

If the spring 2014semesteris your last semester and you plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you should apply no later than one month from the completion date or final examination date or at least one month before May 23rd2014.If you file for OPT later than a month before the last final exam, it may reduce the amount of time that you are allowed to work in the United States. To apply for OPT, students must first file a Degree Audit Application Form (DAAF) with the Office of the Registrar. For further questions or to make an appointment to start processing your application, please e-mail Iris Aroyewun-Birchwood at or Xavier Remigio at

To·download the OPT application form, click here.





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212.772.4864 | f: 212.650.3147
Rooms 1108/1109 East Building, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065