OIPS Self-Service Center

The OIPS self-service center features checklists, forms, workshop log-in instructions and processing times. This tool will guide you through complicated processes and help you understand important immigration regulations and benefits.

Read this before you start!

In addition to immigration advising, the OIPS team endorses forms, recommends and approves immigration benefits, and processes document requests. All services can be requested in person in OIPS. Some can be submitted online. Processing times may vary.

The table shows the requirements (required documents and checklists) and the processing times.  The OIPS clock shows the processing times for OIPS actions and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clock shows the processing times for USCIS actions.  For example, F-1 students who would like to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) need to request an OPT I-20 from OIPS.  The processing time for an OPT I-20 is 7 to 10 business days.  However, the total length of the OPT application process to USCIS can take up to four months.

If you have a question or encountered a problem but you are not sure what service you need to request, we recommend you first review the web page "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)." You will find the top ten questions and related services.

Useful features

You can use the search button at the top of the table to narrow your search.  For example, if you would like to request a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) I-20, enter "Curricular Practical Training" or "CPT."  The table will show you only services that include the search word "Curricular Practical Training" or "CPT."  If you want to do another search, click on the "x" in the search button - this will delete your previous search word - and enter a new search word.

You can also sort each column alphabetically, A-Z or Z-A.  Currently the column "Requests" is organized alphabetically, A-Z.  The first request is "Academic Training" and the last request is "Verification of Status."  Fo example, if you would like to sort the request by visa type, click on the arrows on top of the column "Visa Category."  It will automatically display it in alphabetical ("A/B").  If you click again on the arrows, it will display it Z-A ("J-2").  

We recommend you use a laptop or desktop to navigate the OIPS Self-Service Center.  Although the table is mobile-responsive, it works much better on a bigger screen.

What do the different clock colors represent?

The clock in the column "processing time" represents the average time it takes to process your request.  The green clock symbolizes short processing times (1-3 days), the yellow and orange clocks represent slightly longer processing times (1-4 weeks) and the red clock symbolizes long processing times (2-6 months).  Sometimes a request needs the approval from both OIPS and USCIS.  If that is the case, you will see two clocks: an OIPS clock and a USCIS clock.

Important: The processing time can be shorter or longer depending on your preparation.  If you fail to submit all the required documents or you forget to complete a section on a form, the processing time might take longer.  Make sure you carefully read the instructions before you submit a request.

Disclaimer: The Office of International Programs and Services is able to provide you with general guidance. However, any advice provided to you by our office does not constitute legal advice. Additionally, federal government interpretation of immigration regulations, procedures, and eligibility for benefits, including work, travel, visa issuance, and many other benefits, can change at any time. We will do our best to provide you with the most current guidance, but be aware that each decision made by a U.S. government agency is specific to the facts of each case. Therefore, you are strongly advised to contact an experienced immigration attorney if you have questions about the specific circumstances of your situation

RequestVisa CategoryRequirementsProcessing Time
Academic Training Evaluation FormJ-1All J-1 students engaged in Academic Training are required to complete the Academic Training Evaluation Form upon completion
1. complete the Academic Training Evaluation Form
2. drop form off in OIPS, SUB I, room 4300 or email an electronic copy to oips@gmu.edu.

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Academic TrainingJ-1 studentJ-1 Students in good standing can use Academic Training to be employed in their field of studies during their program or post-completion. Please complete the following steps to be considered for Academic Training:
1. review the Academic Training workshop (two videos)
2. review eligibility requirements listed in the Academic Training packet (Pdf)
3. meet with J-1 Student Advisor Christine Bodziak during Fairfax walk-in advising hours to discuss your Academic Training
4. request a letter from the employer, outlining the specifics of the job per the Academic Training Requirements
5. request your academic dean or advisor to complete the Academic Training recommendation form
6. schedule an appointment with an OIPS advisor for packet review
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2-3 weeks
Authorize a friend or family member to pick up your document in OIPSF-1/J-1If you are unable to pick up a document in OIPS, you can authorize a friend or family member to pick up your document.
1. complete the online form
2. check your Masonlive inbox for a confirmation email
3. forward confirmation email with details to your friend or family member
Note: You should complete this request AFTER OIPS has notified you that your document is ready for pick-up.

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Cap Gap I-20 Request FormF-1Students who apply for Cap Gap have to meet the following conditions:

1. OPT is expiring after April 1
2. the employer has a timely filed H-1B application
3. the student has a copy of the H-1B I-797C Notice of Action (Receipt Notice)

To request a Cap Gap I-20, complete the online Cap Gap I-20 request form
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7-10 business days
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR)F-1/J-1 StudentA Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) and supporting bank statements show your ability to pay the tuition and living expenses.
1. review the CFR Sample
2. download, print and complete the CFR
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7-10 business days
Change to F-1 Status I-20 RequestVariousInternational students (A/B, F-2, H-1, H-4, J-1, L-2) can request to change their nonimmigrant status to F-1 while remaining in the US.
1. read the web page Change to F-1 Status
2. schedule a 45-minute appointment with an OIPS advisor (required)
3. find an immigration lawyer to assist you with the Change of Status process with USCIS
4. gather required documents (I-20 Request for Change to F1 Status form, Certificate of Financial Responsibility, Proof of Funding, copies of your I-94/visa/passport). If you are currently in dependent status or want to request F2 I-20s for your dependents, see the I-20 Request for Change to F1 Status form for additional required documents
5. drop off required documents and I-20 Request for Change to F1 Status form in OIPS
6. prepare Change of Status application
7. mail application to USCIS
Note: USCIS approves the application.
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3-4 weeks
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Concurrent Enrollment LetterF-1F-1 students can request a concurrent enrollment letter from OIPS to confirm that they are enrolled full-time at Mason while intending to take a course at another US institution.
1. complete online Concurrent Enrollment request form
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7-10 business days
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) I-20/Co-operative Education (Co-op) F-1CPT is an authorization to participate temporarily in an internship, the co-operative education program or required thesis/dissertation project. To be eligible, F-1 students must have been a full-time degree-seeking student for at least one full academic year and be in F-1 status for one full academic year.
You may be CPT-eligible if you are enrolling in Career Services Cooperative Education Program and you are not enrolling in an internship course for academic credit.
1. review CPT eligibility requirements
2. get OIPS-approved job description
3. complete CPT Application Form and Co-op Work agreement
4. email approved job description, CPT application form and Co-op Work agreement to Career Services
5. return all required documents and request a CPT I-20 from OIPS during regular office hours. You can just drop off your request. You do not need to meet with an advisor again.
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3-4 weeks
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) I-20/Internship Course F-1CPT is an authorization to participate temporarily in an internship, the co-operative education program or required thesis/dissertation project. To be eligible, F-1 students must have been a full-time degree-seeking student for at least one full academic year and be in F-1 status for one full academic year.
You may be CPT-eligible if you sign up for an internship course that count towards your degree (required or elective).
1. review CPT eligibility requirements (including exceptions)
2. get OIPS-approved job description
3. enroll in a Mason for-credit internship course in the semester you will be participating in CPT
4. complete your section of CPT Application Form
5. ask your employer to complete their section of CPT application form
6. ask your academic advisor to complete their section of CPT application form
7. drop off CPT application form and OIPS-approved job description. You do not need to meet with an advisor again.
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3-4 weeks
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) I-20/Thesis or Dissertation F-1CPT is an authorization to participate temporarily in an internship, the co-operative education program or required thesis/dissertation project. To be eligible, F-1 students must have been a full-time degree-seeking student for at least one full academic year and be in F-1 status for one full academic year.
You may be CPT-eligible if your training is a requirement to complete the thesis/dissertation.
1. review CPT eligibility requirements
2. get OIPS-approved job description
3. enroll in 799 (thesis) or 999 (dissertation)
4. complete your section of CPT Application Form
5. ask your employer to complete their section of CPT application form
6. ask your academic advisor to complete their section of CPT application form
7. request Advisor/Chair letter of support (signed and on department letterhead)
8. drop off CPT application form and OIPS-approved job description. You do not need to meet with an advisor again
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3-4 weeks
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Position Description ApprovalF-1F-1 students must submit a position description with 5-7 specific responsibilities or learning goals that reflect the relationship between the work and your degree program and request approval from OIPS BEFORE completing the CPT application form.
1. review CPT Position Description Requirements
2. request position description from employer
3. visit OIPS during walk-in hours


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F-2 Dependent I-20F-1F-1 students can invite their spouse and/or child(ren) to stay with them for the duration of their study
1. complete online F-2 Dependent I-20 Request form
2. attach required documents (proof of funding, copies of passport, proof of relationship)
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7-10 business days
Family Invitation Sample LetterF-1/J-1 studentYou do NOT need any letter or document from the OIPS to invite a family member as a B-2 visitor.
If you wish to invite family members to visit the United States for a short time on a B-2 visitor visa, you may provide them with the following:
1. a personal invitation letter, which should include your name, school, relationship to the applicant, name of applicant, applicant’s place and date of birth, dates expected to visit the United States, duration of visit, preferred arrival date, and whether you will provide financial support for the applicant’s visit. Click here to download a sample letter.
2. GMU enrollment certification
3. copies of your I-20 or DS-2019, visa stamp, and I-94 record
4. copies of your proof of financial support, such as bank statements, scholarship letters, and/or personal bank statements if you stated that you would provide financial support for the applicant during his/her stay in the US

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Online download
I-20 ReprintF-1F-1 students can request an I-20 reprint when misplaced or damaged.
1. complete the online I-20 Reprint request form
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7-10 business days
Immigration Status Update FormVariousFormer F-1 students who changed their immigration status to PR-pending, PR, H-1B and US citizen must complete the "Request to update immigration record in university database" form. OIPS will update your immigration record in Banner.
1. complete the Request to update immigration record in university database form

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1-3 business days
International Student Check-in Troubleshooting FormF-1If you experience any problems with your online check-in, please complete the New International Student Check-in Troubleshooting form.
1. complete the online International Student Check-in Troubleshooting Form
2. if you experience a technical error, please attach a screen shot (included in the form)
3. submit the form
4. an OIPS staff member will review your request within 1-2 business days

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1-2 business days
International Student Check-inF-1/J-1 studentNew international students AND current international students who will pursue a new degree program at Mason are required to check in with OIPS.
1. complete the online International Student Check-in Form for F-1 Students or complete the online International Student Check-in Form for J-1 Students
Note: It takes about 45 minutes to complete the form. An OIPS staff member will review your submission within three business days. Once your check-in has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email confirming that your check-in is complete. You will then be able to apply for a Social Security Number (only for students with a job offer letter!) and/or a U.S. driver license.

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2-3 business days
J-2 Employment InstructionsJ-2J-2 dependents need to request permission from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the US.
1. review the J-2 Employment Instructions (PDF)
2. gather required documents (see checklist J-2 Employment Instructions)
3. schedule an appointment with an OIPS advisor to review packet
4. mail application to USCIS
5. receive EAD card from USCIS
6. begin work
Note: USCIS approves the application. The application process can take 2-3 months.

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Walk-in hours

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2-3 months
On-Campus Employment Certification (OCEC)F-1/J-1 studentF-1 and J-1 students need permission from OIPS to work on campus
1. review the F-1 eligibility requirements or J-1 eligibility requirements.
2. print the OCEC form
3. complete student section
4. ask employer to complete their section
5. INTO Mason students only: ask academic advisor to complete their section
6. visit OIPS for endorsement during walk-in hours

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Optional Practical Training (OPT) I-20 (OIPS)
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OPT Application Approval (USCIS)
F-1F-1 students can engage in OPT while they are still attending school and/or after they graduate.
1. review the eligibility requirements
2. complete online OPT workshop (International Student Launchpad)
3. pick up OPT packet in OIPS
4. ask academic advisor to complete OPT I-20 request form
5. drop off OPT I-20 request from in OIPS
Note: USCIS approves the application. The application process can take up to four months.
Important update: USCIS has recently updated their I-765 Employment Authorization form and instructions. Make sure that the I-765 form that you submit to USCIS has an edition date of 5/31/2018. The latest form is on the USCIS website. Do NOT use the previous 7/17/17 edition or an older version of the form. USCIS states that they will accept the previous version of the I-765 form (7/17/17 edition) until September 16, 2018. However, since OPT processing times can take 3 months or longer, even if you submit your OPT application today, USCIS might not review it until after September 16, 2018. If USCIS starts reviewing your employment application on September 17, 2018, and see that you have submitted the an older version of the I-765 form, your OPT might be denied.
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2-3 weeks
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2-3 months
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop Access + Log-in InstructionsF-1F-1 students must complete the online OPT workshop BEFORE they can request an OPT I-20 from OIPS
Instructions
1. complete the OPT workshop access form
2. you will receive an email with log-in instructions within 1-3 days.

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Optional Practical Training (OPT)/STEM OPT Employment Update FormF-1F-1 students engaging in OPT/STEM OPT still hold F-1 status in the U.S. and must report their employment information.
1. submit the online OPT/STEM OPT Employment Update form
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7-10 business days
Program ExtensionJ-1 studentJ-1 students must request a program extension if they cannot graduate by the program completion date listed on the DS-2019.
1. download, print and complete J-1 Student Program Extension form. China 1-2-1 students must also complete China 1-2-1 Student Request to Extend DS-2019 form
2. ask your academic advisor to complete their section
3. gather required documents (proof of funding)
4. attach Doctor's note (if applicable)
5. drop off documents in OIPS
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7-10 business days
Program ExtensionF-1F-1 students must request a program extension if they cannot graduate by the program completion date listed on the I-20.
Academic Reasons:
1. download, print, and complete Program Extension form A (student) and
Program Extension form B (academic advisor recommendation form to be completed by the student and advisor)
2. complete online request form (You will need to enter your NetID to access the form)
3. attach Program Extension form A (student) and Program Extension form B (academic advisor AND student)
4. attach proof of funding
5. attach Certificate of Financial Responsibility (if applicable)
Medical Reasons:
1. download, print and complete Program Extension form
2. complete online request form (You will need to enter your NetID to access the form)
3. attach Program Extension form
4. attach proof of funding
5. attach Certificate of Financial Responsibility (if applicable)
6. attach Doctor's note
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7-10 business days
Reduced Course Load (RCL) for Academic ReasonsF-1A student must apply for reduced course load if, due to academic difficulties, he/she is unable to be enrolled full time.
1. review the RCL web page
2. download, print and complete the Request for Reduced Course Load Authorization form
3. ask your academic advisor to write a letter, providing an explanation based on one of the academic reasons
4. drop off form and letter in OIPS
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7-10 business days
Reduced Course Load (RCL) for an Illness or Medical ConditionF-1A student must apply for RCL if a temporary illness or medical condition prevents the student from being able to pursue a full course of study. There is no specific request form required for medical RCL. The process is outlined below:

For most students, the process for requesting a medical RCL occurs in three steps:
1. Consult with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to request a recommendation for RCL.
2. If ODS recommends the RCL, they will notify the Executive Director of OIPS. You must then schedule a meeting with the Executive Director to finalize the RCL. Do this by stopping by or calling OIPS to schedule an appointment
3. Bring your medical documentation with you to the meeting. After the Executive Director reviews your medical documents, you will receive a new I-20 with the authorization for the RCL on page 2. The I-20 is the official approval of the RCL.

If your need for the RCL is based on pregnancy:
1. Request a letter from your obstetrician, including your expected delivery date and the recommendation for the Reduced Course Load.
2. Schedule a meeting with the OIPS Executive Director. Do this by stopping by or calling OIPS to schedule an appointment
3. Bring the obstetrician’s letter to the meeting. After the Executive Director reviews the letter, you will receive a new I-20 with the authorization for the RCL on page 2. The I-20 is the official approval of the RCL.
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2-3 weeks
Reduced Course Load (RCL) for Last SemesterF-1A student must apply for RCL in his/her final term if fewer courses (i.e. less than full-time) are needed and required to complete the course of study.
1. review the Graduation Process web page
2. follow the 3-step instructions posted on the graduation process web page. You will need to run your degree evaluation, apply to graduate, and complete an exit survey. If you are a law student, you should not complete the graduation process through Patriot Web. Law students should complete a paper application in the Law School’s Records Office.
3. complete the OIPS Request for RCL Authorization form
Note 1: The graduation process can take longer if there are outstanding issues with your academic record. Do not wait until the last minute to start the graduation process.
Note 2: Make sure you do not miss the graduation application deadline!
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7-10 business days
Reduced Course Load (RCL)J-1 studentJ-1 students are expected to register for a full course load each semester; 9 credits for graduate students, 12 credits for undergraduate students. Students with academic or medical issues may receive permission for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) with proper documentation.
1. review the RCL web page
2. download, print and complete the Request for Request for J-1 RCL Authorization form
3. academic reason(s): ask your academic advisor to write a statement on the form, providing an explanation. China 121 students will need to meet with a China 121 staff person and Global Exchange Students will need to visit the Global Exchange Office also
4. medical reason(s): schedule an appointment with the OIPS Director and after the appointment, visit the Office of Disability Services
5. drop off required documents in OIPS
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7-10 business days
Reinstatement I-20 (OIPS)
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Reinstatement Application Approval (USCIS)
F-1International students who have lost their immigration status may request reinstatement to student status within 5 months of their program termination or completion. If more than 5 months have passed, reinstatement by travel may be the only option.
1. read the web page "Reinstatement to F-1"
2. schedule a 45-minute appointment with an OIPS advisor (required)
3. gather required documents
4. drop off Reinstatement I-20 request in OIPS
5. complete USCIS form I-539 and gather required documents for USCIS
6. schedule a 20-minute appointment with an OIPS advisor for packet review
7. mail application to USCIS
Note: USCIS approves the application. The application process can take 4-6 months. No employment is allowed until reinstatement has been approved by USCIS.
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3-4 weeks
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4-6 months
Remove Patriot Web Account Hold (Banner) - "Rules, Rules, Rules!"F-1/J-1A hold will be placed on the accounts of students who fail to complete the mandatory online module "Rules, Rules, Rules!"
1. complete the module "Rules, Rules, Rules!" You need a perfect score.
2. complete the online request form to request a hold removal
3. attach a screenshot of your score. You can find your score under the tab "My Grades" (click on "graded" to view your score).

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1-3 business days
Remove Patriot Web Account Hold (Banner) - OIPS Check-inF-1/J-1A hold will be placed on the accounts of students who fail to check in with OIPS
1. gather your passport and I-20 or DS-2019
2. visit OIPS during walk-in hours to check in and to request the hold to be removed

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Walk-in hours
Request to mail I-20 or DS-2019F-1/J-1After you have requested an I-20 or DS-2019 from OIPS, you will need to notify OIPS about your preferred shipping options.
There are two different options:
1. request to have your documents sent to a U.S. address through the United States Postal Service (USPS) at no charge
2. prepay to have your documents mailed abroad via the eShip Global express courier service. If you are new to eShip Global and you plan to use the service, we recommend you first watch the eShip Global tutorial. Click here for more information.
Note: You can also authorize a friend or family member to pick up your document in OIPS.

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1-3 business days
Return from Leave of Absence - F-1Students who took a leave of absence and who will resume their studies at Mason are required to complete the "Return from Temporary Leave of Absence' form and submit supporting documentation. An OIPS staff member will then review the request and determine whether or not the student is eligible for re-activation of their current SEVIS record.
1. Review the instructions on the "Return from Temporary Leave of Absence" form
2. Prepare required documents
3. Complete the "Return from Temporary Leave of Absence" form
4. Email the form and required documents to oipsregs@gmu.edu
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7-10 business days
Rules, Rules, Rules! Workshop Log-in InstructionsF-1/J-1New F-1, Change of Level F-1 students, Change of Status to F-1 students and new J-1 students are required to complete the online workshop "Rules, Rules, Rules!" (launch date: third week of the Fall or Spring semester). A hold will be put on the account of students who fail to complete the module by the deadline. Students who have a hold on their account will be unable to register for classes for the next semester and/or request a transcript from the University Registrar.
1. go to http://mymason.gmu.edu (Blackboard)
2. click on the link "Courses" in the top menu
3. click on the link "International Student Launchpad"

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1-3 business days
Selective WithdrawalF-1F-1 students need permission from the Registrar Office and OIPS to withdraw from classes
1. pick up Selective Withdrawal form in Registrar's Office
2. complete student section
3. visit OIPS during walk-in hours

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Walk-in hours
Social Security Number (SSN)F-1/J-1F-1 and J-1 students with a job offer are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).
1. Review the SSN web page
2. Gather required documents
3. Apply for a SSN

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Walk-in hours
Special Registration SignatureF-1For students not enrolled in a credit-bearing course but whose academic department certifies that they are pursuing an activity related to their Mason enrolled program can retain active status by registering for Special Registration (ZREG 200).
1. download and complete Special Registration to Retain Active Status (ZREG 200)
2. visit OIPS during walk-in hours

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Walk-in hours
STEM OPT I-20
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STEM OPT Application Approval (USCIS)
F-1STEM OPT is a 24-month extension of Optional Practical Training for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
1. review the eligibility requirements
2. complete the USCIS Form I-983 (instructions: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/form-i-983-overview)
3. complete the STEM OPT I-20 Request form
4. attach the USCIS Form I-983
5. attach Request for Evidence (if applicable)
6. submit your request online or drop it off in OIPS
Note: USCIS approves the application. The application process can take up to four months.
Important update: USCIS has recently updated their I-765 Employment Authorization form and instructions. Make sure that the I-765 form that you submit to USCIS has an edition date of 5/31/2018. The latest form is on the USCIS website. Do NOT use the previous 7/17/17 edition or an older version of the form. USCIS states that they will accept the previous version of the I-765 form (7/17/17 edition) until September 16, 2018. However, since OPT processing times can take 3 months or longer, even if you submit your OPT application today, USCIS might not review it until after September 16, 2018. If USCIS starts reviewing your employment application on September 17, 2018, and see that you have submitted the an older version of the I-765 form, your OPT might be denied.
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7-10 business days
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2-3 months
STEM OPT Training Plan Evaluation F-1F-1 students on STEM OPT are required to submit a Training Plan Evaluation at or before 12 months and 24 months from start date on EAD card to OIPS.
1. download the USCIS Form I-983
2. review the I-983 instructions (https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/form-i-983-overview)
3. complete the OPT/STEM OPT Employment Update Form
4. OIPS will attach the training plan to the student's file

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1-3 business days
Training Plan for STEM OPT Students SampleF-1STEM OPT Students are required to complete and submit the form I-983 when they apply for STEM Extension and submit evaluations at 12 months and 24 months from start date on EAD card

Link: Training Plan for STEM OPT Students Sample

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TranscriptAll Mason StudentsA George Mason University official transcript is a complete record of a student’s enrollment at Mason. An official transcript will not be issued unless all financial obligations to the University have been satisfied. Official transcripts will not be faxed. They can only be picked up or mailed.
1. order you transcript through the website of the Office of the University Registrar
Check the Office of the University Registrar for processing times.
Transfer In for F-1 StudentsF-1Students who transfer to George Mason University must request their F-1 SEVIS record to be transferred.
1. review the Transfer Procedures
2. download, print and complete the F-1 Student Transfer In form
3. notify the school you are currently attending of your intent to transfer to George Mason University
4. gather required documents (copy of passport identification pages, copy of visa, copy of I-94, copies of all I-20s issued by previous school and GMU Admission Letter)
5. drop off F-1 Student Transfer In form and required documents in OIPS
Note: Report to OIPS no later than 15 days after the start date indicated on your GMU I-20 to complete the transfer process.
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7-10 business days
Transfer In for J-1 Exchange VisitorsJ-1 Exchange VisitorJ-1 Exchange visitors who transfer to George Mason University must request their J-1 SEVIS record to be transferred.
1. download, print and complete the J-1 Exchange Visitor Transfer In form
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7-10 business days
Transfer Out for F-1 StudentsF-1Students who transfer from George Mason University to another US institution must request OIPS to release their F-1 record to the new school within 60 days of completing their degree or Optional Practical Training.
1. review the Transfer Out Eligibility Requirements
2. download and complete the F-1 Transfer Out form
3. complete the online request form
4. attach required documents (see online request form for details)
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7-10 business days
Transfer Out for J-1 Exchange VisitorsJ-1 Exchange VisitorJ-1 Exchange visitors who transfer from George Mason University to another US institution must request their J-1 SEVIS record to be transferred.
1. download, print and complete the J-1 Exchange Visitor Transfer Out form
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7-10 business days
Travel SignatureF-1/J-1F-1 and J-1 students need a signature to re-enter the US.
1. read "Travel and Re-entry"
2. get your current I-20 or DS-2019
3. visit OIPS during walk-in hours

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Walk-in hours
Verification of StatusF-1A "Verification of Status" letter states your name, I-20 program completion date or OPT end date. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) frequently requests this letter when applying for a driver license.
1. complete the online Verification of Status Letter request form
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7-10 business days
WithdrawalF-1Students who plan to take a leave of absence MUST complete the OIPS withdrawal form BEFORE they drop classes and leave the United States.
1. Complete the "OIPS Withdrawal" form
2. Submit the form in OIPS during regular business hours (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)
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7-10 business days

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