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Ask an Advisor: Graduating and Applying for OPT

02/19/2021, written by Lara Jennings, International Student and Scholar Advisor: Learn about applying for OTP at Wash U.

Ask an Advisor: Hiking Spots Around St. Louis

Written by: Claire Seely, International Student and Scholar Advisor Date: 04/23/2021 Question: What Are Some of the Best Hiking Spots Around St. Louis?

ASK AN ADVISOR: How can I celebrate Halloween this year?

As the weather has slowly turned colder, across campus excitement has been building for all sorts of Fall things: pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, and everyone’s favorite spooky holiday, Halloween!

ASK AN ADVISOR: How do I get a Driver’s License as an International Student?

Question: Can I get Missouri driver’s license if I am an international student?

ASK AN ADVISOR: I heard OPT is Changing. How will this affect my OPT?

This past September, the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), issued new guidance on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

ASK AN ADVISOR: Is It Safe To Travel This Winter?

November 12, 2021 Written By: Gaby Renteria-Poepsel, International Student & Scholar Advisor Question: I am thinking of traveling outside the U.S. this winter, is it safe with the Pandemic? Answer:  […]

Ask an Advisor: Is Marijuana Legal Now?

The laws around marijuana use in the U.S. have been changing and it can be difficult to know what is allowed and what is not.

Ask an Advisor: It’s Tax Time, What do I need to know as an International Student?

If you can answer yes to the question, “Were you physically present in the U.S. at any time during 2019?”, then the answer is simple – Yes, you must file taxes for 2019 (which are due April 15, 2020).

ASK AN ADVISOR: I’m Graduating Soon, How Can I Get Work Authorization?

Question: I will be graduating Soon. How do I get work authorization to work in the US after graduation?

ASK AN ADVISOR: Passport, check. Visa, check. What else do I need for travel?

Along with having a valid passport, with at least 6 months left on it and a valid F-1 entry visa, you must have a recent travel signature from one of your OISS advisors on page 2 of your I-20.

Ask an Advisor: Process for New Immigration Regulations

October 2, 2020 Written by: Martha Turner, International Student & Scholar Associate Director Question: I heard that there is a proposed change to the F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations.  How […]

Ask an Advisor: Traveling this Winter (Part 1)

October 16, 2020 Written by: Ezinne Arizor, International Student and Scholar Advisor Question: Should I travel home during winter break? Answer:  Believe it or not, the end of 2020 is […]

Ask an Advisor: Traveling This Winter (Part 2)

Advising on traveling during the winter

Ask an Advisor: Traveling This Winter (Part 3)

12/11/2020, written by Ezinne Arizor, International Student and Scholar Advisor: Advice to international students on traveling this winter.

Ask an Advisor: Using Wellness Days in St. Louis

Written by Alayna Hutchinson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, 03/05/2021.

ASK AN ADVISOR: Who Can I Talk to When I am Feeling Stressed?

Question: I’ve been in the US for over a year, but I’m still having difficulty adjusting. The stress from my classes is too much and I feel like an outsider, constantly alone. Is there anyone I can talk to about this?