The University of Akron students at an International Center event

Current International Students

The International Center assists all international students from orientation to commencement. We can help with visa, immigration, or status concerns, housing, campus and community integration (including conversation partners) and much more.

On this page:

Immigration Updates

Notice to Appear (NTA)

  • A Notice to Appear (NTA) is a document instructing an individual to appear before an Immigration Court for removal proceedings. Starting October 1, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may issue an NTA on denied applications such as Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) and Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status), if the applicant no longer is in a period of authorized stay and does not depart the United States. USCIS has indicated it will post updates and information on the Notice to Appear Policy Memorandum page.

Accrual of Unlawful Presence Policy

  • On August 9, 2018, USCIS implemented a change to the way it counts days of “unlawful presence,” which could subject F, M, and J nonimmigrants to a 3-year or 10-year reentry bar. For more information, see this USCIS News Release or read the Policy Memorandum (PM-602-1060.1). Contact the International Center immediately if you have violated your F or J status so you can explore your options in a timely manner, and we strongly advise you to discuss your situation with an immigration attorney.

Request for Evidence (RFE) and Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) Policy

  • Old Policy: In 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance instructing adjudicators to issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) when evidence submitted at the time of filing an application or petition to USCIS did not establish eligibility for the benefit sought. The guidance also provided that denials should only be issued where there was no possibility the deficiency could be cured by the submission of additional evidence.

  • New Policy: On July 13, 2018, USCIS announced a new policy that “restores to the [USCIS] adjudicator full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first issuing an RFE or NOID, when appropriate.” This guidance becomes effective September 11, 2018. Students are strongly urged to carefully review their applications and petitions to USCIS to ensure they have provided complete applications and included all necessary supporting documents.

Travel Ban 3.0

  • On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Proclamation 9645 (“Travel Ban 3.0”), which limits entry to the United States by certain citizens of 7 countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Venezuela, and Yemen). The travel restrictions are country-specific. Chad is no longer part of Travel Ban 3.0. If you have questions regarding how Travel Ban 3.0 may affect you or loved ones that wish to visit the United States, please contact Robyn Brown, Executive Director of Global Engagement.

Employment Information for International Students

F-1 and J-1 Students: Maintaining Status

Students in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status must follow federal regulations to maintain lawful status in the U.S. Click on your nonimmigrant status below to read more about maintaining status at The University of Akron.

If you have questions, email or call 330-972-6349 to set up an appointment to meet with an advisor at the International Center.

Visit the following government websites for more information:


Groups for International Students

A number of groups on campus and in the community make it easier for you to adjust to living in the U.S. and getting to know both UA and Akron.

See groups

Immigration Forms

See our forms directory to report changes, apply for work authorization, information packets and applications related to F-1 and J-1 status etc.

Forms directory

Tax Information for 2019

We will help guide you through what you need to do comply with US tax law and understand the tax filing requirements of your visa. All non-immigrants in the US who were present at some time during 2018 are required to file tax related documents.

  • Deadline: Your taxes MUST be in the mail by April 15 to avoid any possible late fee from the IRS.

Detailed tax information

International Student Events

selfie-groupEnglish Corner Program

The English Corner Program gives international students a chance to improve their conversational skills with native English speakers. It is an opportunity to speak in English, have fun, meet new people and learn more about American culture. It is totally free, the only requirement is that you show up and speak in English!

Email Tracy McCune if you are interested in participating.

Around The World Festival

The Around The World Festival is an opportunity for international students, faculty, and staff to share and demonstrate their cultures. The annual event features cultural performances, including music and dancing from all corners of the world. Guests can sample traditional foods, try on cultural outfits, and experience the rich cultural diversity we have here at UA.

The Around The World Festival takes place during International Education Week each fall semester, the event is free and open to all UA students and the Akron community.

Email Tracy McCune if you are interested in participating.

Events calendar

See the university's events calendar to know about upcoming shows, lectures, exhibits, gatherings, athletics and more.