The OIS is an essential resource for international students, visiting scholars and faculty, and their dependents. We are responsible for providing immigration-related advice, assistance, and documentation services . We process applications for certificates of eligibility (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) for students who need to apply for F-1 or J-1 student visas. We also conduct mandatory workshops about the responsibilities, requirements, and benefits of student immigration status. Finally, the OIS serves as TC's liaison with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on matters concerning TC's international community.
In addition to providing immigration-related services, the OIS sponsors activities of interest to international students. We encourage you to learn more and participate in these activities. At the beginning of each semester, the OIS organizes orientation sessions about academic life at Teachers College and living in New York. Our office also advises students throughout the year on personal and academic concerns, financial planning and expectations, language and cultural adjustment, and related issues.