What Does it Mean to "RSVP"?

RSVP is an acronym for the French phrase of "réspondez s'il vous plaît" or "please respond."In the U.S., this means that you plan on attending an event and that  a spot will be reserved for you . Lately, we have been noticing that students will RSVP for an ISSS event and not show up nor will they notify us to cancel, which is considered unacceptable from a U.S. cultural lens. In addition by RSVPing and not showing up, this also takes a potential spot from someone else who may wish to attend the event. 

We kindly ask that you please only RSVP for an event if you are certain you will attend! If you plan on cancelling, please do the right thing and notify our office beforehand, so we can plan accordingly. 

Office Closures in April

  • Monday, April 1 for Cesar Chavez Day

  • Friday, April 5 (ISSS special internal event)

Change of Status Tutorial & Appointment Requirements for Change of Status Inquiries

We recently published our new  change of status (COS) tutorial on our website. Prior to visiting the ISSS office with queries regarding change of status, please view the tutorial first, whereupon we will require you to schedule an appointment with an advisor to review your COS documents. 

All students who have change of status queries are required to schedule an appointment with an advisor, as these cases are more complex and intricate and require more time to discuss. As such, please do not come in for walk-in advising! Instead contact our front desk at or by phone at 408-924-5920 to schedule an appointment.

Global Spartan Month

April is Global Spartan Month and we're celebrating international education and exchange with a lot of fun events! Visit our website for more information.

Featured Events Include:
  • Global Spartan Fair: April 24 | 11:00-2:00 | Student Union Ballroom
  • International Alumni Career Panel & Networking Basics: April 25 | 4:00-5:30 | BBC 032
  • Bollywood Movie Night: April 29 | 6:00-8:00 | Student Union Theater

                                     F-1 Employment Updates

Possible Start Dates for OPT (Spring & Summer Graduates)

Students may apply as early as 100 days before their program end date (February 11 for students graduating in spring 2019), or 60 days after their program end date, which is July 21. It is important to remember that USCIS must RECEIVE your application by July 21 for it to be considered at all. However, ISSS does not recommend that you wait this long to submit your OPT application.  

OPT Start Dates for Spring 2019 Graduates: 

May 23 -- July 21

OPT Start Dates for Summer 2019 Graduates (ISSS will start accepting OPT applications on May 8 for summer grads): 

August 17 -- October 15

We strongly recommend that you view our OPT tutorial (below) and attend one of our OPT application packet workshops upon receiving your new I-20 for OPT instead of coming in for walk-in or appointment advising. 

Nonetheless, if you still choose to come in for advising, ISSS WILL NOT review your OPT application packet individually, rather, we will address specific questions that you may have pertaining to the application packet. For more information on OPT, please visit the OPT section of our website for comprehensive information regarding OPT.

OPT Application Packet Workshop on April 12 (See Infographic Below)

ISSS will be offering OPT application packet workshops in April and May. Our next workshop will be on April 12. Please see the infographic below for more information and to RSVP. 

F-1 Employment Tutorials Available Online

In an effort to provide more convenient options for our burgeoning international student community, ISSS now offers online CPT, post-completion OPT, & STEM-OPT tutorials. Students MUST view the employment tutorials prior to submitting their CPT/OPT applications to ISSS. 

Previously, ISSS offered weekly in-person F-1 Employment Info Sessions. Please click on the following links to access the tutorials:

CPT Application Submissions for Summer 2019

If you plan on engaging in curricular practical training (CPT) during the summer 2019 semester, ISSS will begin accepting applications once Summer Session registration begins (April 8) and you are able to enroll in your summer internship course. Please visit the following link for the summer session registration dates.  Possible CPT authorization dates for summer 2019 will range from May 23 to August 16. Please visit the CPT section of our website for more information. 

Changing Position with Pending STEM-OPT Extension Application

We strongly advise against and do not allow this, as you need to wait until your STEM-OPT application has been approved to change employers. You may only change employers with a pending STEM-OPT extension application unless you were laid off or terminated by your previous employer. 



Please keep in mind that the purpose of this workshop is to provide a general overview of the OPT application packet that you will submit to USCIS.  We will not review OPT applications individually. 

This workshop serves as an alternative to walk-in or appointment advising. We strongly recommend that you sign up for one of the workshops instead of coming in for advising. 

Please  RSVP here 


                                            TAX FILING DEADLINE: APRIL 15

Dear International Students,

As an international student in the US, it's important that you understand the tax requirements of your visa. You're legally required to file a tax return, if you worked in the US or received a stipend, grant or allowance.

Even if you didn't work or receive income in the US, you're still legally obliged to file Form 8843 with the IRS.

San Jose State University has arranged free access to the first 500 students to Sprintax to guide you through the process, prepare the necessary tax documents and even check if you're due a refund.

All you need to do is:
  1. Register and follow the simple instructions
  2. Complete the online questionnaire
  3. Enter your unique code Spx2018SANJOSE500 in the box on the 'Review your order' page
  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return.
As a reminder, you must print, sign and mail your documents once you complete the preparation process in the Sprintax software.

If you have any questions, please use the live chat function in Sprintax and the team will be happy to help.


Best Regards,
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


  • April 8 : Fun & Games
  • April 15: Lunch & Learn: APIDA Heritage Month & Global Spartan Month
  • April 22: Meditation & Coloring
  • April 29: Preparing for Transitions


Global Spartan Photo Contest: Culture in Focus

Deadline to Enter: April 7, 2019

Share your unique cultural viewpoint and you could win a prize! Send us a photo taken anywhere in the world (U.S. included) and a short narrative explaining which aspect of culture is captured by the photo and why it's important to you. Visit our website for more information:


Call for Volunteers

We're looking for volunteers to help with our Language & Culture tables or to perform at the Global Spartan Fair on April 24. This is a great opportunity to share your language, culture, or talent with campus! Sign up to help with a Language & Culture Tables or perform . For more information, contact Keri Toma at


Unfortunately, many F-1 and J-1 international students have been common targets for scams. Scams are fraudulent or deceptive services that try to acquire money or personal information from you illegally.If you feel that you have been a victim of a scam, please contact the police immediately. 

The latest scam involves impostors posing as representatives of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who engage in "telephone spoofing," in which they alter caller ID systems to make it appear that they are calling from DHS. 

Please visit the  for more guidance on this particular scam. Please do not acquiesce to their demands as most government agencies will not call you should they need to communicate with you!  In the event that they need to contact you, they will most likely send you written correspondence via post. Providing such information can result in severe financial loss or identity theft.  If you feel you've been a victim of this particular scam, please file a police report immediately with UPD. Scams can include (but are not limited to):

DHS impostor scams

Social Security scams

Banking scams

IRS impostor scams

USCIS impostor scams

911 impostor scams

Investment scams

Charity scams

Pyramid schemes

Lottery and sweepstakes scams

Telephone scams

Please visit the following website: to obtain the most recent and complete list of scams. You should always be cautious and never give out your social security number, passport number, or bank account information to an unverified source or organization. Please also make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date and you consistently change your passwords.

If you are unsure whether you are being targeted for a scam, you can also talk to us any time about this very important subject and we could help. 


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                             REMEMBERING CESAR CHAVEZ

                                                       ¡Si, Se Puede!

         On Monday, April 1, SJSU will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. 

Cesar Chavez played a pivotal role in fighting for the rights of farm workers by founding the United Farm Worker's Union (UFW) and engaging in staunch political activism. After growing up relatively poor in Arizona to a Mexican-American family, Chavez moved to California, specifically to Oxnard and then to San Jose, where he resided in a barrio (Spanish for poor neighborhood or ghetto), called "Sal Si Puedes" or "leave if you can." He would later modify this ominous sobriquet for his neighborhood into the rallying cry of the United Farm Workers Movement to "Si, se puede," which, roughly translated, means "yes we can." 

In 1962, Chavez co-founded the United Farm Worker's Union with Dolores Huerta after witnessing socioeconomic abuses of the Bracero workers from Mexico. The Bracero program had begun after the outbreak of World War II to fill the void of farm laborers who had largely joined the war effort by importing Mexican laborers (i.e., Braceros). By utilizing peaceful protests, strikes, lobbying for legislation, and even fasting (Chavez once fasted for as long as 36 days), Chavez and Huerta successfully organized collective bargaining agreements, safer working conditions, and higher pay for farm workers. 

In fact, San Jose State University has commemorated his significant contributions to the organized labor movement by erecting the Cesar Chavez Monument next to the Student Union in 2008. Along with depictions of farm laborers and the Aztec eagle, there are frescoes depicting Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Mahatma Gandhi, who were all leaders in the Civil Disobedience/peaceful protest movements of the 20th century. Chavez was strongly influenced by Gandhi in his early life. 
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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Student Union West

Tel: (408) 924-5920

Fax: (408) 924-5976



ISSS Office Hours & Employment Tutorials

Office Hours 

Monday - Friday 
9 am - 4 pm 
  • Answers to general inquiries
  • Submit service requests
  • Document drop-off/pick-up.

Walk-In Advising

MONDAY-FRIDAY : 2 - 4 pm

  • One-on-one advising on basic/general inquires
  • No appointment necessary     
  • First-come, first-served
  • Limited to 10 minutes per session                              
Advising Appointments (New)

  • One-on-one advising for more complex advising matters
  • Advising sessions are limited to 20 minutes or less
  • Please call or email us to reserve an appointment
  • Contact ISSS 24 hours in advance for cancellations
  • View instructions here about how to schedule an appointment

F-1 Employment & Change of Status Tutorials

F-1 Employment Tutorials

Change of Status Tutorial



Cesar Chavez Day: Monday, April 1

Friday, April 5 (ISSS internal event)