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The International Students Office is currently closed to visitors, but our International Student Advisors and staff are available to assist you from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Monday,Tuesday,Thursday, Friday and on Wednesday, 9:30 AM-6:30 PM, or via email at


Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic

OPT Information Session

Review our step-by-step instructions for appying for OPT. Tax webinars 


This season, the Sprintax team will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information around nonresident tax filing obligations. I wanted to extend the invite to you and your international students and scholars.


You can find the details and registration links below. Each webinar will cover the same topics listed below. Please feel free to share these details with your international population and they can register for the date and time that suits them best:


·         Thursday, December 9th @ 12pm EST – Register here

·         Wednesday, January 12th @ 1pm EST – Register here

·         Thursday, January 27th @ 12pm EST – Register here

·         Wednesday, February 2nd @ 1pm EST – Register here

·         Thursday, February 10th @ 12pm EST – Register here

·         Wednesday, February 23rd @ 12pm EST – Register here

·         Wednesday, March 2nd @ 3pm EST – Register here

·         Tuesday, March 15th @ 1pm EST – Register here

·         Thursday, March 24th @ 3pm EST – Register here

·         Wednesday, March 30th @ 12pm EST – Register here

·         Wednesday, April 6th @ 1pm EST – Register here

·         Tuesday, April 12th @ 1pm EST – Register here

·         Thursday, April 14th @ 12pm EST – Register here


The informational webinars will cover:

  • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2021 US tax return
  • What income forms you may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • We cover terms like FICA, ITIN and Form 1098-T
  • What happens if students don’t file, or misfile
  • State tax returns
  • IRS stimulus payments
  • Sprintax overview


Digital I-20s

Due to the COVID-19 situation and based on recent guidance from the US government, the International Students Office staff are currently issuing digitally signed I-20s. Students in J-1 status will still receive a printed DS-2019 if they require a new DS-2019 as government guidance has not yet been released on digital DS-2019s.

This means that if you are a student in F-1 status and you apply for anything that requires a new I-20 (for example, a travel signature, OPT, CPT, etc.), you will receive a digital I-20 at your Hunter College email account instead of receiving a new, printed I-20, once your document is ready."


Updated SEVP FAQs Available

See the most recent update regarding SEVP.



From the Hunter College International Students Office (ISO)

The health and well being of our F-1 and J-1 Exchange students is of paramount concern. We continue to monitor this evolving situation, and we are here to assist our community of international students as needed.

We understand the uncertainty you may be feeling regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and we are committed to being responsive to your needs.  Our office is open to visitors at this time, we can assist you during our normal office hours. Please email us at or call 212.772.4864. After office hours, we strongly encourage you to review the information on this website.

Your Status (as of fall 2021)

Please note that CUNY, in collaboration with the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), is maintaining the F-1 or J-1 statuses of enrolled students, as long as you are engaged in a full-time course of study, including courses taught. "Full-time" means 12 credits for undergraduates, and 9 credits for graduate students, unless you have received written permission for a reduced course load from our office.

International Travel

We understand that some students wish to travel home. Before leaving the United States, please email us at and complete our travel request form at Let us know that you'll need a travel endorsement signature. The travel endorsement signature will enable you to enter the United States when you return. We have made arrangements for you to receive an endorsement.

If you have already left the U.S. without a travel endorsement signature, please email us one month before your return to the United States and we'll explain how to get your signed/endorsed I-20 for F-1 students, or DS2019 for J-1 Exchange Visitor students.

Your Application for Graduation

If you intend to graduate this fall , and have not yet applied to graduate, please contact us as soon as possible, at

OPT and Academic Training

If you have pending appointments with myself or Nadege Coriolan, or you have not finalized your Optional Practical Training applications (F-1) or Academic Training applications(J-1), we will send you a separate e-mail with further instructions.

For Further Assistance

Please contact Iris Aroyewun-Birchwood, Director, at, or Nadege Coriolan, International Students Advisor at

We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available.

Iris Aroyewun-Birchwood
International Students Office







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