From: VISA Office
Date: July 27, 2022
Subject: ISS News, July 27, 2022: , Good Vibes, and More


July 27, 2022


in this issue:

  1. Chat with ISS Staff During Virtual Advising Hours
  2. CWRU Take Two- ISS Closing Early on Fridays in June & July
  3. Need a Fresh Travel Signature?
  4. Download New Safety & Transportation Apps
  5. Online Workshops Available for your Convenience
  6. SEVP Guidance for the Academic Year
  7. OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates
  8. Features
  9. Campus Happenings
  10. Other Opportunities
  11. Good Vibes Only


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

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Chat with ISS Staff Online During Advising Hours
We Are Here All Summer

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.

In-person advising is also available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., EST.

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CWRU Take Two- ISS Closing Early on Friday, July 29

The final CWRU Take Two Friday is on July 29. Staff will be unavailable as of 3 p.m. and appointment times will be adjusted to end earlier in the day as well. Please plan any Friday visits accordingly.

Regular Friday business hours will resume in August.

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Need a Fresh Travel Signature?

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

You can also request a travel signature using our electronic form here.

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New Safety and Transportation Apps Launching August 1- Download Yours Now

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OPT & CPT Workshops

If you're still planning to apply for OPT or CPT, don't forget to complete the required workshop, which goes over in detail the application process, student responsibilities, and other important considerations.  Advisor-led workshops will resume in the Fall and, in the meantime, you can always access and complete an online workshop at your convenience. 

For more information about OPT and CPT, visit our website. Please be sure to very carefully read all of the information there and to contact ISS if you have any additional questions with which staff can assist.

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OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates

Reporting related to your personal contact and employment information is a critical part of maintaining status while authorized for either OPT or STEM OPT. Here are instructions for you to follow to ensure that both ISS and the U.S. Government receive the information that they need. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your visa status is protected!

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SEVP Guidance for Academic Year 2022- 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) would continue to apply its flexible guidance through the 2022-2023 academic year. As a result, international students will be able to engage in distance learning that exceeds existing regulatory limits in light of the pandemic’s ongoing public health risks and safety concerns. 

ISS' website with COVID-19 Updates now includes access to this SEVP guidance for Academic Year 2022-2023 and we will continue utilizing all of the tools and processes that we have in place to make sure that students are properly registered to maintain their status. 

If we learn or any new information, we will continue to make updates to the website and send communications to you.

Please contact ISS staff at with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to support you.


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Campus Happenings

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Summer Send-offs, July 23–Aug. 7

The Alumni Association is excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2026. Celebrate with us at one our Summer Send-off programs—in person or virtually. Please join us to connect with CWRU alumni, staff, students and parents as well as meet incoming students and families from your area.

Please join in the conversational meet-up in a city near you or virtually via Zoom. RSVP:


The University Farm is Looking for Students to Join the Team

Learn about and apply for the following positions:
Administrative and Special Events Assistant
CWRU Farm Adventure Club Leader(s)

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Other Opportunities

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Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2022

Welcome to the 2021 Trail Challenge, a guest led program where you discover new trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks on your own, move to better health, discover the wonders of nature, and earn awards along the way! 

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Global Rising

Global Cleveland is offering a 9-month program for international newcomers. This program will give you the opportunity to network with other international newcomers and to meet with, as a group, various leaders in our community once a month. The Global Rising Program aims to prepare our region’s foreign-born residents with the skills, knowledge, and tools required to grow and thrive in our community.

The deadline to apply is July 31.

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Good Vibes Only

During this very challenging time, ISS staff wants you to know that we are thinking about you- hoping you are safe, healthy, staying positive- and sending out good vibes!

In this section, we are including some things that we hope will make you laugh and smile, help you relax, be entertaining, give you something to do, etc.

This is a good vibes only section!

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Flash Mob - Orchestra "Ode To Joy" Performance

If you would like to promote your event or opportunity through ISSNews, please make a complete submission (including flyers, images, details, etc.) for consideration by noon on Monday to  ISS cannot guarantee that all submission will appear in the newsletter, as space is limited, but staff will review all timely submissions for consideration.