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Hours and Location


In response to federal and state government recommendations regarding size limits for group gatherings, the Office of International Services will move all services online, effective March 17. Our office in SSB will be closed to foot traffic until further notice. Read the full announcement with information on how to access services here.



Office Location


Office of International Services
Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 2160
Chicago, IL 60607

Contact Information


Phone: 312-996-3121
Fax: 312-996-9432

Email for newly admitted international students:
Email for F-1 students applying for and participating in the STEM OPT extension:

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Emergency Information

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Office Mailing Address:
Office of International Services (MC 326) Suite 2160
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Services Building 1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7164

Service Hours

Front Desk
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

During this time, visitors may drop-off or pick-up documents, register for events, and ask general questions. Front desk staff are not able to advise on immigration regulations or specific cases.

Open Advising
Monday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Friday by appointment

Open Advising is a time for international students (F-1, J-1, other visa categories, and prospective students) and scholars (J-1 scholar, H-1B, O-1, etc.) to meet with an advisor to ask immigration-related or case-specific questions without a scheduled appointment. OIS Advisors are also available to discuss cultural adjustment issues and to assist with navigating UIC resources. Outside of Open Advising hours, an appointment is needed to meet with an advisor. 

Immigration Check-in
International Students: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

J-1 Scholars: Mondays & Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. Please arrive at 2:00 p.m. with your immigration documents and proof of health insurance. If you are unable to attend the standard J-1 Scholar check-in time, please email ( or call (312-996-3121) to schedule an appointment.

H-1B & O-1: By appointment. Please email ( ) or call (312-996-3121) to schedule an appointment.

All other non-student scholars, visitors, and employees: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or via email to

All new members of the UIC international community must visit OIS upon arrival to complete the Immigration Check-in. International students may find more information about the Immigration Check-in process and required documents here. J-1 Scholars may find more information here.