International Student Requests

International Student Services is pleased to address the requests of international students at UALR. To optimize your time and help you plan your requests, please consult the following chart for common procedures on immigrationemploymentinsurance, or other requests.

Remember, timeliness is key! 

Allow 3-5 business days for ISS processing. You will receive a UALR email notification once your request is complete.

Immigration
Request Visa Type Method of Request Deadline or Processing Time
Add Dependent Spouse or Child F-1, J-1 Submit Online request 1 week prior to needing I-20 or DS-2019
Authorized Early Withdrawal F-1, J-1 ISS Appointment Required Before dropping classes
Change of Major or Minor F-1 Submit Online Request Within 10 days of change
Change of Status Any category ISS Appointment Required 30 days prior to status expiration. Change of status may take up to 6 months.
Concurrent Enrollment F-1, J-1 Submit Online request 11th day of class
Expedited SEVIS Activation F-1, J-1 Submit Online request As needed
F-1 Transfer In Request F-1 Submit Forms & Report to ISS After receiving admission; minimum 1 week prior to school start
F-1 Transfer Out Request F-1 ISS Appointment Recommended & Submit Forms 2 weeks processing time; see link for deadlines
J-1 Transfer In Request J-1 Submit Forms & Report to ISS After receiving admission; 1 week prior to school start
J-1 Transfer Out Request J-1 ISS Appointment Recommended & Submit Forms 2 weeks prior to end of last semester
Lost I-20 or DS-2019 F-1, J-1 Submit Online Request Within 10 days of losing I-20
Mandatory Reporting F-1, J-1 Visit ISS Upon Arrival or at Orientation
Program Extension F-1, J-1 Submit Form 1 month prior to program end date
Redesigned I-20 F-1, J-1 Submit Form, select “Redesigned I-20” Issued between June 2015 and June 2016
Reduced Course Load F-1, J-1 Submit Form 11th day of class & before dropping class
Reinstatement F-1 ISS Appointment Required Within 10 days of falling out of status
Reporting J-2 Travel J-1 Submit Online request Within 10 days of the travel
Retrieve I-94 Any category Retrieve Online from CBP.gov As desired
Travel Signature F-1, J-1 Visit ISS 2 weeks prior to departure
Update Personal Information F-1, J-1 Submit Online Request Within 10 days of change

 

Employment
Request Visa Type Method of Request Deadline or Processing Time
Academic Training J-1 ISS Appointment Required 2 weeks prior to AT start date
Cap Gap F-1 Submit Online Request After H-1B is selected for consideration
CPT F-1 ISS Appointment Required 2 weeks prior to CPT start date
J-2 Work Authorization J-2 ISS Appointment Required 90 days before work is desired
On Campus Employment All internationals Visit ISS Front Desk 5 business days prior to job start date; plan additional time if SSN is needed.
OPT F-1 ISS Appointment Required 90 days prior to OPT start date. Note: ISS will not process any OPT applications in the final month of the semester.
OPT STEM Extension F-1 Submit Online Request 21 days prior to standard OPT end date
SSN F-1, J-1, J-2 Visit ISS Front Desk 2-4 weeks prior to start date
UALRWorks All students Online Application For more information contact Cassandra Ward at 501.569.8687 or ualrworks@ualr.edu.

Insurance
Request Visa Type Method of Request Deadline or Processing Time
Emergency Enrollment F-1, J-1 Visit LewerMark Website If you have an emergency prior to the 30th class day
Health Insurance Enrollment F-1, J-1, Visit LewerMark Website Prior to the first day of enrollment period
Insurance Card Any category Visit LewerMark Website At the beginning of each academic year
Insurance Claim F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2 Visit LewerMark Website One year from illness or accident
Proof of Alternate Insurance Coverage Government-sponsored F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 Submit Online Form 11th day of class, or before loss of government insurance
J-2 Proof of Insurance J-2 Submit Online Form 11th day of class

 

Miscellaneous
Request Method of Request Deadline or Processing Time
Bank Account Visit Bank As desired
Cell Phone Visit Cell Phone Company As desired
Creating BOSS Account Follow Instructions Before classes begin
Driver’s License Visit Department of Motor Vehicles After SEVIS registration; 30 days after start of semester or with expedited request
Emergencies Call 911 or 501-569-3400 As needed
Filing Tax Returns Attend Tax Advising Session April 15 (with income), June 15 (without income)
Health Screening Visit Health Services Before advising or registering for classes
Letter Request Submit Online Form Minimum 3 business days before needed
Online Course Approval (SACM) Submit Form to ISS Front Desk Before first day of the semester
Ordering Transcript Visit Office of Records Minimum 3 business days before needed
Paying Tuition Various Methods of Payment See payment deadlines
Registering for Classes Register through BOSS See registration deadlines
Visitor Visa Invitation Letter Submit Online Form Minimum 3 business days before needed