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Resources and Requests

Purdue ISS is in the process of transitioning from paper to electronic requests. Please use this page to link to the current process, and follow instructions on the site for each individual type of request.

To be fair to all students, ISS processes requests in the order in which they are received and cannot accommodate expedite requests. The standard processing time for all requests is 14 calendar days. Please plan accordingly.


All Student Services

Address Update (U.S. Residential)

  • All international students and scholars must maintain a valid local address at all times, updating changes within 10 days

Auto-Revalidation Letter Request

  • If certain qualifications are met, certain temporary visitors may be able to reenter the U.S. with an expired nonimmigrant visa. Though not required, ISS may produce a letter stating as such.
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    • See ISS during walk-in hours for request.

Bank Account Letter Request

  • Some banks require verification of local address in order to open a bank account. See ISS during walk-in hours if required.

Change of Immigration Status Document Request 

  • Non-immigrants seeking to change status should discuss options with ISS.
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    • See ISS during walk-in hours for request.

Early Departure and Reentry

I-515 Response 

  • If you receive a Form I-515 when entering the U.S., bring the form and required documents to ISS immediately for assistance in responding. See ISS during walk-in hours.

I-94 Issue

  • If you notice your I-94 record is incorrect after travelling, please see ISS for assistance in correcting the issue. See ISS during walk-in hours.

Inviting Friends and Family Letter

  • Invitation letters are not required to apply for a visitor visa to the US, but you may want to write your own letter or request one from the Office of the Registrar.

No Objection Letter – Classes (Academic Year)

  • If you are a continuing student, and the university where you plan to take another course during the academic year requires a “no objection letter’, please see ISS during walk-in hours.

No Objection Letter – Classes (Summer)

  • If you are a continuing student, and the university where you plan to take another course during the summer requires a “no objection letter’, please see ISS during walk-in hours.

No Objection Letter – Conference Reimbursement

  • If you will receive reimbursement for attending a conference and require a “no objection letter’, please see ISS during walk-in hours.

No Objection Letter – Non-U.S. Employment (Summer)

  • If you plan to work outside the U.S. during a university break and require a “no objection letter’, please see ISS during walk-in hours.

Renewing Student Visa

If your student visa is expired, and plan to travel and reenter the U.S., you must renew your student visa. Plan to visit the ISS office at least two weeks prior to your departure date to get your I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel. ISS cannot advise specifically how to apply for visas, but can provide general tips in this document.

Reprint Document

  • If your I-20 or DS-2019 is lost, stolen, damaged, or out of travel signature space, request a new document.

Social Security Number Application

  • Social Security numbers are generally assigned to people authorized to work in the U.S. F-1 and J-1 students may apply for an SSN for on-campus (please see your business office first for instructions), or authorized CPT or OPT. Please see the Social Security Administration website for more information.

Social Security Number Waiver Request

  • If you are required to show evidence that you are not eligible for a Social Security number, you may request a Social Security number waiver directly from the Social Security Administration. Please see ISS during walk-ins for more information.

F-1 Student Services

Change of Education Level 
  • F-1 students seeking to change their level of study (bachelors, Masters, or PhD) at Purdue should complete a Change of Education Level Request

Change of Major

  • ISS automatically updates majors the semester following the change. Only request a new document if you do not receive an updated one 60 days into the new semester.

Curricular Practical Training Request 

  • F-1 students seeking off-campus work authorization in their fields of study should complete the process described on this site.

Dependent – Remove Dependent

  • If an F-2 dependent ends their status for any reason (ex. Changed status, exited the U.S. permanently, divorced, etc.), the F-1 or J-1 holder may request to have the dependent removed from their document.

Dependent – Request Dependent SEVIS Document

Financial Update

Maintaining Legal Status
  • This document covers immigration information for F-1 students and provides “The Basics” of maintaining legal status in the United States.
Notice of Departure
  • F-1 students planning to cancel or withdraw their enrollment should complete this form and meet with an Immigration Counselor prior to withdrawal.
Program Extension
  • F-1 students must never let their I-20 expire. Program extensions should be completed at the beginning of the semester of which the document would expire. The deadline for extending your document is 14 days before the expiration date listed on the document.

Reduced Course Load for Academic Reason

  • F-1 students must register for and complete a full course of study unless otherwise authorized. There are limited academic reasons for which ISS could authorize a reduced course load. Students must be authorized by ISS before dropping below the full course load.

Reduced Course Load for Medical Reason 

  • F-1 students must register for and complete a full course of study unless otherwise authorized. If a student has a personal medical reason which prevents a full course of study, s/he may apply for a medical RCL. This requires a letter from a medical professional in addition to the linked document. Students must be authorized by ISS before dropping below the full course load.

Regaining Status

  • If you fail to maintain your status, you must quickly take action to regain status. Read the Violation of Status webpage and then contact ISS as soon as possible.

SEVIS Release Request (Transfer Out)

  • Complete a SEVIS Release Request and provide a copy of your admission letter if you are planning to transfer to another US educational institution.

Travel Signature Request

  • While a current student, your I-20 must be endorsed for travel in order to reenter the U.S. Travel signatures are generally good for one year, but there are exceptions. If you need a signature and are in West Lafayette, check requirements with the links provided, and then submit a travel signature request online through myISS. Requests must be submitted online in advance. Walk-in signatures are only given for students who have been pre-approved through the online request.

Travel Signature Request While on OPT

  • While on OPT or STEM OPT, your I-20 must be endorsed for travel in order to reenter the U.S. Travel signatures are generally good for six months, but there are exceptions. If you need a signature, check requirements with the links provided, and then update/validate your employment information on myISS using the “OPT Reporting” e-form in order to request a signature.

J-1 Student Services

Academic Training Request

  • J-1 students with off-campus job offers related to their fields of study should complete this form.

Change of Education Level 

  • J-1 students seeking to change their level of study (bachelors, Masters, or PhD) at Purdue should complete a Change of Education Level Request

Change of Major

  • ISS automatically updates majors the semester following the change. Only request a new document if you do not receive an updated one 60 days into the new semester.

Dependent – J-2 Employment Authorization Application Procedures 

Dependent – Remove Dependent

  • If an J-2 dependent ends their status for any reason (ex. Changed status, exited the U.S. permanently, divorced, etc.), the F-1 or J-1 holder may request to have the dependent removed from their document.

Dependent – Request Dependent SEVIS Document

Financial Update

Maintaining Legal Status

  • This document covers immigration information for J-1 students and provides “The Basics” of maintaining legal status in the United States.

Notice of Departure

  • J-1 students planning to cancel or withdraw their enrollment should complete this form and meet with an Immigration Counselor prior to withdrawal.

On-Campus Employment Request

  • This form is used to authorize hourly (bi-weekly) employment of Purdue University sponsored J-1 students. It is also used to authorize teaching or research assistantships in departments other than the student's home department. This form must be completed and approved prior to commencing employment.

Program Extension

  • J-1 students must never let their DS-2019 expire. Program extensions should be completed at the beginning of the semester of which the document would expire. The deadline for extending your document is 14 days before the expiration date listed on the document.

Reduced Course Load for Academic Reason

  • J-1 students must register for and complete a full course of study unless otherwise authorized. There are limited academic reasons for which ISS could authorize a reduced course load. Students must be authorized by ISS before dropping below the full course load.

Reduced Course Load for Medical Reason 

  • J-1 students must register for and complete a full course of study unless otherwise authorized. If a student has a personal medical reason which prevents a full course of study, s/he may apply for a medical RCL. This requires a letter from a medical professional in addition to the linked document. Students must be authorized by ISS before dropping below the full course load.
SEVIS Release Request (Transfer Out)
  • Complete a SEVIS Release Request and provide a copy of your admission letter if you are planning to transfer to another US educational institution.

Travel Signature Request

  • While a current student, your DS-2019 must be endorsed for travel in order to reenter the U.S. Travel signatures are generally good for one year, but there are exceptions. If you need a signature and are in West Lafayette, check requirements with the links provided, and then submit a travel signature request online through myISS. Requests must be submitted online in advance. Walk-in signatures are only given for students who have been pre-approved through the online request.

F-1 Optional Practical Training

H-1B Cap Gap Extension I-20 Request

  • Students may request an H-1B Cap Gap Extension I-20 after carefully checking eligibility and requirements. Important note: ISS cannot and will not check your SEVIS record for H1-B application updates. Only your employer can provide accurate, official updates regarding your H1-B application.

OPT Reporting/Travel Signature Request While on OPT

  • Students on OPT or STEM OPT Extension must report any changes to personal or employment information within 10 days of any change, as well as periodically validate information. Students on OPT or STEM OPT must validate employment information in order to request a travel signature. 

OPT Request – Post-Completion

  • Students wishing to apply for Post-Completion OPT should follow instructions on the ISS website.

OPT Request – Pre-Completion

  • Students wishing to apply for Pre-Completion OPT should discuss this option with an Immigration Counselor, then follow instructions on the ISS website.

OPT STEM Extension Request

  • Students wishing to apply for the OPT STEM Extension should follow instructions on the ISS website.

Report No Longer on OPT

  • While on OPT or STEM OPT Extension, students should report a change in visa status, transfer to another school, change to a new degree program, or permanent departure from the U.S.

Respond to an OPT Request For Evidence

  • If you receive a Request For Evidence (RFE) in regards to your OPT or STEM OPT application, ISS can assist with your response.

Upload an OPT-Related Document

  • Submit a photocopy of your receipt notice, job offer letter, approval notice, EAD card, or other OPT-related documents. Do NOT submit OPT application documents here.

Biographical Information

Biographical Information

  • Update changes in your biographical information, including city and country of birth, country of permanent residence, and native language.

Emergency Contacts

  • The university must have at least one emergency contact on file for you in case of emergency. Update information here.

Name Change 

  • Fill out this form if your official name in your passport or your preferred name has changed.

Your Contact Information

  • Update your non-university email or phone number here.

General Services and Resources

Avoiding Identity Theft Link

Avoiding Money Wiring Scams Link

Campus Safety Status Link

Canadian Visa Information

  • Instructions on how to apply for a Canadian visitor’s visa.

Dependent – Bank Account Letter Request

  • F-2 or J-2 dependents may need a letter from ISS in order to open or be added to the F-1 or J-1’s bank account. The F-1 or J-1 primary visa holder should request this letter here.

Photocopy Request

  • Request certified true copies of your past immigration-related documents that may be on file with the ISS office. Do NOT use this form to request your I-20 or DS-2019 if you are a new incoming international student. This form is ONLY for current or past students and scholars to request copies of past immigration-related documents.

Purdue University campus map Link

Travel Information Sheet

USCIS Indianapolis Field Office Link

Glacier Tax Preparation

Glacier Tax Preparation 

  • Glacier Tax Prep assists nonresident aliens with completing their necessary Internal Revenue Service forms. If you were employed by Purdue University, you should have received information about accessing Glacier Tax Prep through your Glacier account. If you were not employed by Purdue University and you wish to use Glacier Tax Prep, please click the myISS link below.

J-1 Scholar Services

Visiting Staff Request Form

International Scholars Fee Form

  • Academic departments and offices in the Purdue University System will pay the international scholar (faculty, researchers, and staff) processing fees to International Students and Scholars (ISS) using this form.

Pre-Arrival and Orientation

New Student Check In (PWL)

  • New initial students, SEVIS transfer students, and students returning to Purdue on a new SEVIS record must officially check in with the ISS office. You will be given instructions if you need to fill out this form.

Notification of Intent

  • After being accepted to Purdue, students will receive information on completing the Notification of Intent (NOI). Through the NOI, you upload required documents to the ISS office in order to request your I-20 or DS-2019, which is required to apply for your U.S. visa.

SEVIS Transfer In Request

  • If you currently hold valid F-1 or J-1 student status inside the U.S. or recently completed a program at another U.S. institution and need to transfer your SEVIS record to Purdue University, fill out this form. Must be completed in conjunction with the Notification of Intent.

Post-Arrival

  • New initial students, SEVIS transfer students, and students returning to Purdue on a new SEVIS record must officially check in with the ISS office. You will be given instructions if you need to fill out this form.

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