From: International Student Services
Date: January 8, 2020
Subject: ISS News, Jan. 8, 2019: Welcome [Back] Party, Gift Card Scam Alert, Waiver of Registration, Travel Signature, & More!


January 8, 2019


in this issue:

  1. ISS Staff Advising Hours
  2. Forgot to Get a Travel Signature?
  3. GRADS: Waiver of Registration Information
  4. Featured Events
  5. Campus Events
  6. Other Opportunities
  7. Gift Card Scams Affecting CWRU Users


ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during advising hours:

11am to 1pm- through virtual advising available online

1pm to 3pm- through in-person advising in the office

There are no advising hours on Wednesday.


If you need to speak or meet with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to to schedule an appointment. Please provide your full-name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.

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Gift Card Scams Affecting CWRU Users

A recent scam has affected members of our campus community, in which a scammer poses as a familiar contact and asks an individual to purchase gift cards on their behalf.  You can learn more here about this particular scam.

The ISS website has more information about other common scams as well.  Please read about them to help protect yourself!
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Chat With ISS Staff Online or In-Person During Advising Hours!

Virtual Advising is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., EST.

If you have a question or concern that you need to address during that time frame, reach out to an advisor through the chat box. The chat box (it looks just like the picture) will be available on our website.

Please keep in mind that the advisor may be assisting multiple students, so we do appreciate your patience!

In-person advising is available 1 to 3 p.m., EST. Come by the office then (no appointment needed) to meet with an ISS advisor.

Please keep in mind that your situation may still require a visit to the office or even an appointment if an advisor determines that that is how best to serve you.

You can request an appointment by emailing Please be prepared to briefly describe the nature of your appointment when you contact us so that we can prepare. Same-day appointments are not generally available; an appointment for the next business day is typically the earliest we can schedule.

Outside of Advising Hours, students can drop off and pick up paperwork related to work permission, I-20 issuance, and other basic requests at the front desk, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Anything that requires interaction with an advisor needs to happen during Advising Hours, through whichever method is most appropriate.

Advisors are looking forward to chatting with you online and in-person!

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Forgot to Get a Travel Signature Before Leaving Campus?

If you forget to get a travel signature before leaving campus, don't panic! ISS can help.  Read about what to do on our Travel and Reentry pages for F-1 and J-1 students.


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GRADS: Waiver of Registration Information

If you are a graduate student submitting a Waiver of Registration for this semester, it is essential that you understand the impact of this decision on your visa status. The Waiver of Registration is an administrative process of the university, but does not fulfill federal regulations that stipulate a requirement to be properly registered at all times. Proper registration is required to maintain your visa status and if you are not properly registered, you need to take other steps to maintain your visa status.

Keep in mind:

  • By virtue of submitting a Waiver of Registration, ISS is obligated to shorten the length of your I-20 to reflect the Drop/Add deadline. Your legal status in the US actually becomes shorter because it is now based on this Drop/Add deadline rather than your future intended graduation date.
  • In order to maintain your visa status after submitting a Waiver of Registration, you must, in a timely manner, either apply for OPT or make arrangements to begin a new academic program.

OPT applications must be submitted within the 60 day grace period following the new Drop/Add deadline. Don't forget, it takes an average of 90-120 days for an OPT application to be processed. If you wait too long to apply, you're not likely going to be authorized for your full 12 months of OPT.

If you intend to begin another academic program, to maintain your current F-1 status (and SEVIS record), your new academic program must start within 5 months of the Drop/Add deadline. Any program beginning later than 5 months will result in you falling out of status.

If you do not intend to maintain your status either through OPT or continued education, you are required to leave the United States within 60 days of the Drop/Add deadline. Remaining in the US beyond the 60 day grace period can have extremely negative consequences such as fines and being barred from the US in the future.

Please get in touch with ISS if you have additional questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Featured Events

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CWRU Lunar New Year 2020

Friday, January 24
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, Tomlinson Hall, Room 143 , United States
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The Lunar New Year is the most important social and economic holiday for billions of people around the world. Join CWRU to celebrate with a fireworks display, popular Asian snacks, and giveaways for students. All members of the CWRU community, alumni and the public are invited to attend this free event!

The festivities take place inside Tinkham Veale University Center starting at 7:00 pm and then move outside for fireworks at 8:00 pm!



Career Fair Prep - International Student Success Series

Wednesday, January 29
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nord 356, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Join CIA and PGP-EE staff to prepare for the Career Fair! In this session you will learn the basics of networking and elevator pitches. Staff will help students with their pitches and practice their networking skills. Space is limited! RSVP on Campus Groups to reserve your place!


Campus Events

MLK Program


2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Friday, January 17, 2020
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road , Cleveland, OH 444106, United States
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Each year, Case Western Reserve University honors Martin Luther King Jr.—the holiday, the man and the legacy—with a celebration that includes a range of activities including workshops, films, panel discussions and acclaimed speakers.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, widely known as one of the most influential authorities on racial justice in America, will headline the 2020 MLK Convocation on Friday, January 17 at 12:45 p.m. in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom at the Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The keynote talk will be followed by a light reception. Event is free and open to all. Online registration requested.


Other Opportunities

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