Welcome to OISS! – #YouAreWelcomeHere

The Office of International Students & Scholars is here to support all Rice internationals and the Academic Departments with all matters related to immigration, international compliance, and cultural adaptation.

CPT/OPT Workshops

OISS will hold several workshops about CPT and OPT – authorization for F-1 students to work off-campus – during the spring semester. For CPT, please plan to attend one of these workshops if you hope to work off-campus for the first time this semester or during the summer; for OPT, please make sure to attend if you expect to finish your degree by May.
 
For a list of workshop dates, please visit the Student Employment page.

Virtual F & J Visa Walk-in Advising

During the Spring 2023 semester, F & J-visa advisors from OISS will be available for Zoom walk-ins every Tuesday from 10-11am (CT). Students and scholars will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that these walk-in hours are for quick questions. If you seek more thorough immigration advice, please call 713-348-6095 to schedule an individual appointment with an OISS advisor.
 
Meeting ID: 971 9559 2814 | Passcode: 471540

OISS Services

OISS has reception desks on both the First (Room 101) and Second (Room 201) floors of Lovett Hall, Entrance A. Documents are primarily available for pick-up at the first floor reception desk. When the first floor is temporarily closed, documents can be picked up on the second floor.
 
Appointments with an OISS advisor are currently available by phone, zoom, or in-person. When scheduling an appointment, please specify your preferred option and we will accommodate accordingly. To schedule an appointment please call 713-348-6095, email oiss@rice.edu, or visit https://oiss.rice.edu/appointment.

Document Submission

Please see below the links for the most common online submissions for OISS. We accept digital/electronic signatures on all internal forms:
 
• CPT requests: https://oiss.rice.edu/applyCPT (netID login required)
• OPT requests: http://bit.ly/optrequest
• STEM OPT Extension requests: http://bit.ly/stemdocs
• Other document submissions: http://bit.ly/oissdocs