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Below is a list of forms for the International Education Services office that can now be completed through our IES Portal.

Note: If you have already started a specific online form, do not start a new one. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your online form.
  • New F-1 Student Request - All admitted F-1 international students must provide additional information for issuance of your Form I-20 and for any dependents (if applicable). Students enrolled at another school in the U.S. must also provide information about current F-1 status.
  • New J-1 Student Request​​ - All prospective J-1 international students must provide additional information for issuance of your Form DS-2019 and for any dependents (if applicable).
  • New Student Arrival Documentation Check-in - All new students must provide copies of U.S. immigration documents upon entry to the U.S. for IES records.
  • New J-1 Scholar Request (Departments) - This must be initiated by the UMBC hosting department to request to bring in a new J-1 short-term scholar, research scholar, or professor by submitting a new Sponsorship Request for IES to determine J-1 eligibility.
  • Change of Education Level - If you receive admission to a new degree program at UMBC.
  • Change of Financial Support - If your sponsor changes while you are studying, you must submit new documentation to update your I-20.
  • Dependent Request - If you plan to bring a spouse and/or dependent child (unmarried, under 21 years old) with you, after your initial I-20/DS-2019 has already been issued.
  • DS-2019 Reprint Request - If your existing DS-2019 was lost or stolen.
  • I-20 Reprint Request - If your existing I-20 was lost or stolen.
  • Letter Request - If you need an official letter from IES related to your enrollment or immigration status.
  • Program Extension (F-1) - If you will not complete your academic program by the program end date stated on the I-20, you must apply for an extension in advance. Note: only medical or academic are acceptable reasons per immigration regulations.
  • Program Extension (J-1) - If you will not complete your program by the program end date stated on the DS-2019, you must apply for an extension in advance.
  • Reduced Course Load - Immigration regulations require F-1 students to maintain full-time enrollment each academic term. Students who need to drop below full-time must obtain prior approval from IES.
  • Transfer Out (F-1) - If you plan to transfer your F-1 status to another U.S. school, IES must first review your SEVIS record in advance.
  • Transfer Out (J-1) - If you plan to transfer your J-1 status to another U.S. school or program sponsor, IES must first review your SEVIS record in advance.
  • Academic Training - J-1 students requesting advance off-campus work authorization for employment training or practical experience, related to their field of study.
  • Add Site of Activity - J-1 scholars and researchers who have been invited to deliver off-campus lectures/consultations at another U.S. institution, and it will not interfere with your program, must request IES approval for this additional work permission.
  • Cap-Gap Extension - to extend your employment authorization if your employer has a pending H-1B petition to USCIS on your behalf
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - F-1 students requesting off-campus work authorization, related to their program of study, prior to graduation. Note: CPT cannot be backdated if submitted late to IES.
  • On-Campus Employment - J-1 students should register their on-campus employment with IES. Use this form to update your on-campus employer information for SEVIS reporting. Please do so as soon as you get the employment.
  • Off-Campus Employment - Severe Economic Hardship - F-1 students whose financial support suddenly changes and causes severe economic hardship, may be eligible to apply for off-campus employment after meeting with an international student advisor.
  • ​Optional Practical Training (OPT) - F-1 students requesting work authorization for up to one year, related to their program of study. Note: should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the requested employment start date.
    • OPT Application Review - After completing the Optional Practical Training (OPT) application above, F-1 students can upload their complete OPT application packets to the IES Portal for review by IES staff. NOTE: this can only be completed after you have received your new scanned OPT I-20.
    • OPT Employment Update - Once your OPT is approved with an EAD card, you are required to report all employer details directly to IES within 10 days of a change of employment. 
  • STEM OPT Extension - F-1 students on OPT after earning a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (government approved STEM fields) can apply for 24 months of additional OPT if they have a job or job offer from an E-Verify employer and meet all other required criteria.
    • STEM OPT Employment Update - During STEM OPT extension, you can no longer make edits to your employer information in the SEVP Portal. Instead, use this application to submit the required information and documents (including a signed Form I-983 Training Plan) and we will update your SEVIS record for you.
    • STEM OPT Validation Report - While on the STEM OPT extension, you must submit a "Validation Report" every 6 months starting from the date the OPT extension begins and ending when your F-1 status or the extension ends, whichever is first.