OIPS is online!

Now you can meet with your OIPS Advisor and attend OIPS Events virtually.  We are offering phone appointments, video appointments, and virtual events all online.


  • To schedule an appointment for almost any student or faculty immigration concern, call (703) 993-2970.
  • We have also expanded our online services to better accommodate you during this time. Take a look at the F-1 and J-1 Forms and Requests page to see our expanded list of online services.


  • Download and log on to Mason360 for all upcoming events!
  • Check out our various social media accounts for our lasted updates and events.
  • Please email oipsprog@gmu.edu if you have any questions about our fall programming.

Virtual Advising

OIPS is currently taking virtual advising appointments on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday between the hours of 9:30-11:30 am EST and 1:30-3:30 pm EST.

Follow these steps for setting up a Virtual Advising Appointment with an OIPS Advisor:


Setting up Your Appointment:

  1. Call 703-993-2970 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.  You will be asked for your name, Gnumber, email address, and what you wish to discuss.
  2. After you schedule an appointment with your advisor, be sure to check your email regularly.  You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the appointment.
    • The email will tell you:
      • The advisor's name
      • The day and date of the appointment
      • The time and duration of the appointment
      • How to connect to the appointment
  3. When the day and time for your appointment arrive, connect to the appointment by opening the email you received and clicking the purple Join Meeting button.

Sample Email








Tips for Virtual Advising

After Your Appointment

Available Online Services

Check the F-1 & J-1 Forms and Requests page for a comprehensive list of online services.

Here are a few popular services available online:

  • Cap Gap I-20 Request
  • F-2 Dependent Request Form
  • International Student check in Form
  • J Academic Training Workshop and Evaluation
  • OIPS Withdrawal (Leave of Absence) and Return Forms
  • Online OPT Workshop, Instructions, and OPT Request Form
  • OPT/STEM OPT Online Update Form (For Students on OPT)
  • Program Extension
  • Reduced Course
  • Reprint of I-20 or DS-2019 with Travel Signature delivered by Secure Email, First Class or E-ship Mailing
  • STEM OPT Request Form and Instructions, Evaluation(s)
  • Transfer Out

Receiving Online Services

Follow these steps to receive service online:

  1. Navigate to the F-1 & J-1 Forms and Requests page
  2. Scroll to find your requested service.  All services are in alphabetical order.
    • Hint: If you can't find the service in the list, try pushing Control+F (for Windows) or Comand+F (for Mac) on your keyboard to search the page for what you want!
    • See the processing time on the right hand side of the page.
  3. Make sure you have all of the required documents complete.
  4. Complete the form and upload the required documents.
  5. Wait to hear from us!
    • If it has been outside of the processing time listed in the Self Service Center, then contact the OIPS office.

Virtual Walk In Hours

 Wednesdays & Thursdays 
1:30 PM-3:15 PM EST

Virtual Walk-in Hours are set up for you to come in for a quick 5 minute advising session.   If you need a longer advising session, you should schedule a virtual appointment with an OIPS Advisor by contacting our Front Office.  We will still take appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

For more information about Zoom, go here: https://its.gmu.edu/service/zoom/

Steps for Success: 

  1. Log into your Zoom account through https://gmu.zoom.us.
  2. Click on the Virtual Walk-ins Link at the appropriate time.
  3. Enter the Virtual Walk-ins Waiting Room.
  4. Complete our Virtual Sign-in Form: http://go.gmu.edu/VirtualWalkInsForm
    • If you do not complete the sign-in form, we will not be able to see you!  
  5. Stay by your computer while you wait.  You will see the next available Advisor.  It is first come, first serve.
    • Please note that your wait could be an extended amount of time.  


Live Webinars


We are excited to continue to connect with you in person or virtually!  Most of our events will be in person for the Fall 2022 semester. Look for upcoming events on Mason360 and our social media accounts.

All new International Students will receive information regarding the International Student Orientation happening in August 2022!

Also, be sure to browse the Mason 360 App (mason360.gmu.edu), the OIPS Newsletter, or the OIPS calendar to find on-campus events.