International Students and Scholar Services Announcements

CIS Policy Change

We would like to update you regarding an important CIS policy change regarding the submission of all official forms sent to USCIS.  This policy change affects OPT Applications, STEM Extensions, Change of Status Applications, and Reinstatement Applications.

USCIS uses special scanners to read forms submitted during immigration application processes.

Handwritten forms often result in errors as these scanners are not able to read them accurately.  In order to reduce the occurrence of errors, which may result delays in processing and adjudication of your application we now require that you download the required form, type in the required information, print out the form, and sign using blue ink.

Please note that the scanners will not read information that is greyed out, highlighted, or corrected using correction fluid or tape.