What's New in International Students and Scholars

DACA Information and Resources

On September 6, 2017, the Trump administration announced the effective end of DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed those children who came into this country with undocumented immigrant parents to stay in the United States. Lehigh University values all members of our community, regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. The offices of International Affairs, Student Affairs and Equity and Community are working together to support students who may be affected by this change in policy. 

Information for New International Students

Welcome to Lehigh! 

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides immigration and visa advising and helps international students adjust to life at Lehigh.

We use an online system called iHome to provide services. When you accepted admission to Lehigh, you should have received a welcome message from iHome with instructions to set up your account. If you’re having trouble, please contact us.

In iHome, you can:

Immigration and Visa Q+A

The Office of International Affairs is fully committed to the education of our international students and to their success here at Lehigh and after graduation. We recognize that many international students have questions about their immigration status and the climate in the United States. This is an uncertain time, and we do not know how quickly things will change or to what extent. But we want to share with you what we know now, to the best of our understanding. We will keep this space updated as things change.

USCIS Filing Fee Increase

Effective December 23, 2016, there will be a new filing fee for the following applications and petitions that are often used by our international students and scholars.  Applications postmarked or filed on or after December 23 must include the new fee or the application will be rejected by USCIS.  For a complete list of the new fees, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/forms/our-fees.  

Visit to Captured LV Escape Room-Sept. 17

Captured LV Escape Room!

Join the OISS for a thrilling event at Captured LV Escape Room. As a group, you will be put to the test in one of two themed rooms: The Alchemy Lab or The Pirates Chamber. Your team will have one hour to crack codes, solve puzzles and find keys, all in an attempt to escape your room. Space is limited so sign up at the OISS NOW!

When: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Cost: $25.00

Link to website: http://www.capturedlv.com/

Nature Walk in Monocacy Park - 9/10

Nature Walk and Picnic in Monocacy Park, Bethlehem
Saturday, September 10
FREE! Transportation also provided
SIGN UP Deadline: September 7
3:15 from Saucon Village bus stop
3:30 from Whitaker Lab
All will be returned to campus by 8:00 pm

The first event in a monthly series of activities from the International Friendship Program, which provides international students and scholars with the opportunity to meet people in the community and experience activities that many Americans enjoy.

Shopping Trip - Sept. 3

Join OISS for shopping in one of the largest malls in the U.S. King of Prussia Mall has 400+ stores for every taste. You'll find everything you need and want here! There's limited availability so sign up at OISS with your payment by the end of Wednesday, August 31!

King of Prussia Shopping Trip

Saturday, Sept. 3, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm

Cost: $10

Social Security Workshop - Sept. 7

Social Security Workshop

Wednesday, September 7, 20161:00pm - 4:00pmGlobal Union Lounge, Coxe Hall 2nd Floor

International students and scholars - if you have an on-campus employment and need to apply for a social security number, this workshop is for you!  We will have Social Security Administration representatives who will help you with the SSN application. Please bring the following items to the workshop:

OISS Weekly - 05/09/2016

OISS Summer Hours

OISS will stay open during the summer with the following hours of operation:
Monday through Friday: 8am - 5pm (closed for lunch from 12-12:30pm)
Appointments are required for all immigration-related questions. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at intnl@lehigh.edu or 610-758-4859. 
No appointments are necessary for letter pick-ups, payroll forms, travel signatures.

OPT Reminder

OISS Weekly - 05/02/2016

Eat & Greet

Friday, May 6th
Global Union Lounge (Coxe Hall, 2nd Floor)
Lunch provided
We had a lot of fun and interesting conversations, and now it is time to celebrate the successful year! Please join us for the End of Year Celebration this Friday! Reserve your spot HERE.

OISS Weekly - 04/25/2016

Traveling Outside the U.S.

All F-1 and J-1 students, as well as their dependents,  are required to have a valid travel signature (less than 12 months old) on their I-20/DS-2019 at the time of re-entry to the U.S. Before you leave the U.S. this summer, check the travel signature on your I-20/DS-2019 and if it is going to be more than 1 year old when you are returning to the U.S., stop by OISS and get a new one! Additionally, you will need to have the following documents with you at the port of entry to the U.S:

OISS Weekly - 04/18/2016

Amish Trip

Saturday, April 23rd
*$30 (includes transportation, lunch and tour)
There are still some seats left but they are filling up fast, so don't miss your chance to experience Amish culture and reserve your spot at the OISS! 
*The fee has increased to $30 to meet the unexpected increase in transportation cost.  We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

OISS Weekly - 04/12/2016

International Bazaar - Thank you!

The OISS would like to thank you for your participation in and attendance to the 29th Annual International Bazaar! It would not have been made possible without our wonderful volunteers and club participants, as well as those of you who attended! We hope to continue on this successful path with your future support and involvement! 

OISS Weekly - 04/04/2016

29th Annual International Bazaar!

Don't forget! The 29th Annual International Bazaar is this Sunday! Come out to support Lehigh's international community and enjoy great food and entertainment!


Culture Night

Come out tonight and experience Culture Night of Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan!

OISS Weekly - 03/28/2016

International Bazaar Registration

If you are not going to serve food, there is still time to register a table and have your club/country represented at the Bazaar! If interested, email Laura at lmd315@lehigh.edu. We are excited to have the following clubs, organizations and Lehigh Offices join us on April 10th: 
Non-Student Club Representation:                                                                                                                                                                 

OISS Weekly - 03/07/2016

International Bazaar 2016

If you would like to be part of the 29th Annual International Bazaar, please register ONLINE. You can register a table to sell food and/or arts and crafts to benefit your club. You can also register to perform (dancing, singing, playing musical instrument, etc.) or be part of the international fashion show!