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Immigration Advisories

Immigration Advisory

Feb. 19, 2021

Please read this information as a guide to help you with your remote studies and to maintain valid immigration status.


  1. Reminder: CPT workshop
  2. Is spring 2021 your last semester at WSU?
  3. March 8, 2021: Priority registration for summer 2021
  4. Tax time! Sprintax software available and workshop scheduled
  5. Mailing services disrupted due to weather

  1. Reminder: CPT workshop


If you are an F-1 student whose academic program or research (for graduate students) has internship requirements or options, then come to learn more about CPT.

CPT is an internship/employment authorization that students completing academic-based internships (paid or unpaid) off campus must have approved prior to beginning their internship.

Feb. 24, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. (Pullman time)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:

Meeting ID: 962 4727 6432
Passcode: 646965

*Academic English and Bridge students are NOT eligible to apply for CPT or OPT.

  1. Is spring 2021 your last semester at WSU?

If you will be leaving WSU after spring 2021, please let ISSS know your plans!

The three most common actions taken at the end of studies are:

  1. Depart the United States. If you will be leaving the United States at the end of spring 2021, please log in to https://mypassport/ and complete the Program Completion Form.
  2. Apply for OPT. To apply for OPT, please complete the Optional Practical Training form found under F-1 Student Services in J-1 Students may be eligible for Academic Training, which is similar to OPT. The Academic Training request form can be found on
  3. Transfer SEVIS record. If you will be transferring your SEVIS record to another U.S school, please log in to and complete the SEVIS Transfer Out form. In this form, please indicate what date you would like us to transfer your SEVIS record to the other institution.

  1. March 8, 2021: Priority registration for summer 2021*

If you are looking to save some money in tuition and potentially complete your degree earlier, then check out WSU’s summer session. All students pay in-state tuition for the summer session!

Priority registration for summer-session classes begins March 8, 2021.

More information on available classes, tuition, and deadlines can be found here:

*If you are an Academic English or Bridge student, please check with Kimberly Cooper at if you can apply for summer session.

  1. Tax time! Sprintax software available and workshop

It is time for taxes. IP-ISSS will be offering materials for your convenience starting Monday, Feb.15, 2021.

Did you have NO income in 2020?

International students who did not receive U.S.-based income should still file a tax form, Form 8843, prior to June 1, 2021. You can also download the form at

Did you have income in 2020? Do you have dependents?

GOOD NEWS! ISSS will offer FREE access to online tax preparation software specifically designed for international students. This software is available now.

You can log in to and select Tax Software to fill out the form.

International students who were employed at WSU in calendar year 2020 should have received a report of wage earnings (form W-2) from the Payroll Service Office. Students should use this form to complete and send their tax return to the U.S. government. Tax returns are due by April 15, 2021.

Sprintax Preparation Workshop (Pullman)

ISSS will offer two more workshops about how to use Sprintax, an online tax program for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. The dates and times are:

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. (Pullman time)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:
Meeting ID: 949 5101 6073
Passcode: 696963

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. (Pullman time)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:
Meeting ID: 933 3314 0807
Passcode: 517450

Reminder: No tax advice will be given at this workshop. This is only to help you learn about the online program that will guide you through your U.S taxes.

  1. Mailing services disrupted due to weather

The United States Postal Service and FedEx have released several statements about delayed mail and package deliveries across the U.S. as winter weather continues to impact roadways in some parts of the country. We appreciate your patience as delays in receiving mail are to be expected.

This Advisory and previous issues are posted at

If you have any questions about the above announcements, please contact International Student and Scholar Services.

    • WSU Pullman students contact +1 509-335-4508 or
    • WSU Vancouver students contact Caitlyn Schock at +1 360-546-9514 or
    • WSU Spokane students contact Kristie Brink at +1 509-358-7963 or
    • WSU Everett students contact Anna McLeod at +1 425-405-1727 or
    • WSU Tri-Cities students contact Karina Barajas at +1 509-372-7358 or

Office of International Programs
Washington State University
PO Box 645121
Pullman, WA, 99164-5121 USA