International Student Requests

International Student Services is pleased 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 for international students.

Remember, timeliness is key! 

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

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Immigration
Request Visa Type Method of Request Updated I-20 or DS-2019 Deadline or Processing Time
Authorized Early Withdrawal F-1, J-1 ISS Appointment Required Yes Before dropping classes
Change of Major or Minor F-1 Submit Online Request Yes Within 10 days of change
Change of Status Any category ISS Appointment Required Yes 30 days prior to status expiration. Change of status may take up to 6 months.
Concurrent Enrollment F-1, J-1 Submit Online request Yes 11th day of class
Dependent I-20/DS-2019 Request F-1, J-1 Submit Online request Yes 1 week prior to needing I-20 or DS-2019
Expedited SEVIS Activation F-1, J-1 Submit Online request Yes As needed
F-1 Transfer In Request F-1 Submit Forms & Report to ISS Yes After receiving admission; minimum 1 week prior to school start
F-1 Transfer Out Request F-1 ISS Appointment Recommended & Submit Forms Yes 2 weeks processing time; see link for deadlines
J-1 Transfer In Request J-1 Submit Forms & Report to ISS Yes After receiving admission; 1 week prior to school start
J-1 Transfer Out Request J-1 ISS Appointment Recommended & Submit Forms Yes 2 weeks prior to end of last semester
Retrieve I-94 Any category Retrieve Online from CBP.gov No As desired
Lost I-20 or DS-2019 F-1, J-1 Submit Online Request Yes Within 10 days of losing I-20
Mandatory Reporting F-1, J-1 Visit ISS No Upon Arrival or at Orientation
Update Personal Information F-1, J-1 Submit Online Request Yes Within 10 days of change
Program Extension F-1, J-1 Submit Form Yes 1 month prior to program end date
Reduced Course Load F-1, J-1 Submit Form Yes 11th day of class & before dropping class
Reinstatement F-1 ISS Appointment Required Yes Within 10 days of falling out of status
Travel Signature F-1, J-1 Visit ISS No 2 weeks prior to departure

 

Employment
Request Visa Type Method of Request Updated I-20 or DS-2019 Deadline or Processing Time
Academic Training J-1 ISS Appointment Required Yes 2 weeks prior to AT start date
Cap Gap F-1 Submit Online Request No After H-1B is selected for consideration
CPT F-1 ISS Appointment Required Yes 2 weeks prior to CPT start date
J-2 Work Authorization J-2 ISS Appointment Required No 90 days before work is desired
On Campus Employment All internationals Visit ISS Front Desk No 5 business days prior to job start date; plan additional time if SSN is needed.
OPT F-1 ISS Appointment Required Yes 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 Yes 21 days prior to standard OPT end date
SSN F-1, J-1, J-2 Visit ISS Front Desk No 2-4 weeks prior to start date

 

Insurance
Request Visa Type Method of Request Deadline or Processing Time
Insurance Claim F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2 Visit LewerMark Website One year from illness or accident
Insurance Card Any category Visit LewerMark Website At the beginning of each academic year

 

Miscellaneous
Request Method of Request Deadline or Processing Time
Bank Account Visit Bank As desired
Driver’s License Visit Department of Motor Vehicles After SEVIS registration; 30 days after start of semester or with expedited request
Cell Phone Visit Cell Phone Company As desired
Online Course Approval (SACM) Submit Form to ISS Front Desk Before first day of the semester
Letter Request Submit Online Form Minimum 3 business days before 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
Ordering Transcript Visit Office of Records Minimum 3 business days before needed
Creating BOSS Account Follow Instructions Before classes begin
Paying Tuition Various Methods of Payment See payment deadlines
Registering for Classes Register through BOSS See registration deadlines