New DHS Proposal

The International Center is aware of the proposed changes to the period of admission and extension of stay procedures for our F-1 and J-1 students and scholars, and we are very disappointed in these proposed changes. As part of our continued advocacy for our international population, we will submit a comment letter on this proposal that will explain why these proposed changes would be damaging for our current and future international students and scholars.

OPT Application Fee Increase Effective 10/2/2020

Effective October 2, 2020, the filing fee for Form I-765 will increase to $550. OPT applications postmarked on or after October 2, 2020, will require the new fee. Please review Applying for Optional Practical Training (F-1 Students) for more information about how and when you can apply for OPT. You must also be sure to use the correct edition of Form I-765 when applying for OPT. Use the 08/25/20 edition for applications postmarked before October 2, 2020.

Lease Cancellation Considerations During COVID-19

A lease is a binding contract and once you sign it you are generally liable for all the lease terms, including the obligation to pay rent for the full term. Even though many of the classes at the University of Michigan will be held remotely for the 2020/2021 term, your responsibilities pursuant to your off-campus housing lease likely will not change. There is generally no right to terminate your lease due to COVID-19 or the University’s decision regarding classes.