If you would like to speak with an OISS advisor, it is
always best to schedule an appointment. The fastest way to do this is to call
the office (713-348-6095), but you may also email Andy Meretoja or OISS.
You should not rely on
walk-in appointments being available, you should always schedule in advance.
When scheduling by email, please include the following
- Your Full legal name
- Dates you are available
- Times you are available
- Cell phone number where you
can be reached in case we need to contact you before the appointment
- If applicable: Preferred
OISS advisor (that you have spoken to or met with previously)
- Reason for appointment
Helpful tips – Is an appointment needed for the
1) I need a
travel signature – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
Just stop by with your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and
your passport. Remember that it takes a full day to process a travel signature,
so you will get the I-20 or DS-2019 back the following business day.
wait, my visa has expired. I’m only going to Mexico so I heard that I can still
travel without renewing my visa – YES, APPOINTMENT NEEDED
If you’re planning to use Automatic Revalidation (which
enables you to travel to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands with an
expired U.S. visa) we would recommend meeting with an OISS advisor.
3) I want
to Request a Supporting Letter – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
The front desk is happy to help with any supporting
letters you may need. You can also request letters online.
4) I want
to get a Social Security Number – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
The front desk can answer questions about how to get aSSN.
5) I want
to Apply for CPT – It depends
i. It’s my first CPT and I haven’t attended any of
the workshops – YES, an appointment with an OISS advisor is
ii. I’ve done CPT many times – NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY - Drop
off your CPT paperwork at the front desk, no appointment necessary.
6) I want
to Apply for OPT – Attend a workshop first
If you have additional questions, we’re happy to schedule
a follow-up appointment, but otherwise you can drop off the OPT paperwork at
the front desk (please note that an appointment will be required once your OPT
I-20 is ready). See Student Work