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News & Alerts


  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about phone calls from criminals pretending to be from the IRS. More information >
  • Campus Information Center (CIC) in the Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons is a great resource for visitors. They have many free publications and maps available, including "What Every Driver Must Know", visitor guide, AATA bus schedule, campus and city maps, etc.


  • F-1 students: If you have been waiting 90 days or more for a decision on your OPT application (Form I-765), you can call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) to tell them that your OPT application is "outside regulatory processing time" and to request expedited processing.
  • New proposed regulation would continue the STEM extension of OPT with some changes. More information >
  • F-1 students with an approved STEM extension of optional practical training (OPT) remain eligible to work despite a recent federal court order. More information >
  • 1/21/2016: New restrictions to the U.S. visa waiver program are now in effect. Fragomen (an immigration law firm) has posted FAQs.
  • On 1/15/2016, USCIS amended its 240-day regulation extending employment eligibility by 240 days for individuals with a timely-filed extension to individuals in E-3 and H-1B1 status.
  • As of May 26, 2015, spouses in H-4 status (but not dependent children) are eligible for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as soon as the primary status holder in H-1B status has an approved I-140 (Immigrant Petition), or has been granted an H-1B extension beyond the standard maximum of 6 years. More information >


  • Nonresidents for U.S. tax purposes may wait up to six months for tax refunds. More information >

Study, Work, Travel Abroad

  • To view the Education Abroad Office's current open advising hours or to make an appointment, please click here.
  • Find out what's going on in study, work, and travel abroad by following the Education Abroad Office's blog, MGoAbroad. More information >

International Travel

  • Effective January 29, 2013, the Visa and Immigration Section at the Canadian Consulate General in Detroit is closed. Follow these directions to apply for temporary resident (visitor) visas.


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