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International Student Handbook

Ready to become an international student at UC? This is your one-stop guide for information related to immigration, admission, visas, and other documentation.

cultural handbook

Cultural Handbook for International Students

What is it like to live in the United States? Or in Cincinnati? Or even around UC's campus? Let our cultural handbook fill you in on the details.

* Change of Address FAQs and Instructions (23.5 KB)
This guide would help you understand and meet the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires any alien over the age of 14 who remains in the U.S. for more than 30 days to report his or her address to USCIS within (10) days of the change of address.
* Directions to Social Security Office (59.1 KB)
Directions to the Social Security Office by metro or by car.
* E-Forms Instructions for Students, Scholars, and Specialty Workers (877.5 KB)
All requests for processing of F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor or H-1B Specialty Worker benefits should be submitted to UC International Services using our iStart eforms.
* Reinstatement instructions and application (194.8 KB)
Instructions and application for reinstatement to student status.
* International Job Search (812.5 KB)
Information about obtaining a job in the US.
* Guide to the University libraries (1.8 MB)
Read this for more information on the University of Cincinnati libraries
* OPT STEM Fields (331.4 KB)
Read this for more information on STEM fields that qualify for the 17 month extension

UC Forms

* Authorization to Release Information (12.7 KB)
If you wish for us to release information to any other third party, you need to complete this release document, sign it and return it to UC International Services.
* Bank Account Form Letter (23.9 KB)
Form letter from UC International Services to help with opening a bank account in the U.S.
* Driver License Issuance Form (16.8 KB)
This form helps with the issuance of a driver's license from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
* Financial Certification Form (37.9 KB)
Use this form to certify that you have financial resources to complete all years of your desired degree.
* Medical History & Immunization Records (603.7 KB)
Medical history & immunization record forms for students.
* International Student Employment Compliance Certification (7.5 KB)
Section 214.2(f)9(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act stipulates that international students on F-1 status may work on campus, but the work must not exceed 20 hours a week while school is in session.
* Reduced Course Load due to Illness or Medical Condition (27.2 KB)
A student may be authorized to enroll in less than full-time coursework, or if necessary, in no classes at all, due to a temporary illness or a medical condition. This form is valid for one quarter only.
* Request for Severe Economic Hardship Employment Authorization (24.2 KB)
Use this form if you need to document a "severe" and "unforeseen" economic hardship.
* Room and Board Certification Affidavit (18.3 KB)
You must complete this form if you own or rent property.

Government Forms

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Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
      The "Application For A Social Security Card" (Form SS-5) is the form to be completed if you have never had a
      number before or need a duplicate or corrected card.

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I-539 Form for Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status
      You should use this form if you are a nonimmigrant and wish to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
      Services (USCIS) for an extension of stay or a change to another nonimmigrant status.

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I-539 Instructions for Application to Extend / Change Nonimmigrant Status
      Read these instructions carefully to properly complete Form I-539.

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IRS Form 843 Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement
      Use Form 843 only if your employer refuses to refund Social Security taxes withheld in error.

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IRS Form 843 Instuctions
      Read these instructions carefully to properly complete IRS Form 843.

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IRS Form 8316 Refund of Social Security Tax Erroneously Withheld on Wages Received by a Nonresident Alien
      If you are an F or J visa holder you need to complete IRS Form 8316 when filing IRS Form 843.