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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 information:

  1. Your Full legal name
  2. Dates you are available
  3. Times you are available
  4. Cell phone number where you can be reached in case we need to contact you before the appointment
  5. If applicable: Preferred OISS advisor (that you have spoken to or met with previously)
  6. Reason for appointment

Helpful tips – Is an appointment needed for the following?:

1) I need a travel signatureNO 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.

2) But wait, my visa has expired. I’m only going to Mexico so I heard that I can still travel without renewing my visaYES, 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 workshopsYES, an appointment with an OISS advisor is definitely recommended.
    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 OPTAttend 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