The University of Pittsburgh
Office of International Services

Important Information for Faculty and Staff Working with International Students & Scholars

Many regulations and procedures relative to international students and scholars have changed or are in the process of changing (see attached chart, “Update of Executive, Legislative, & Regulatory Changes Affecting Internationals at the University of Pittsburgh,” for more details).  One of the primary means by which the Office of International Services (OIS) will continue to share information about the changes affecting internationals at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is our “OIS2” e-mail listserv.  To subscribe, send an e-mail to and include the following text in the body of the e-mail: “subscribe ois2” (without the quotation marks).  We are also willing to meet with any academic or administrative units that have particular concerns.  Finally, we will be engaging in outreach efforts, such as town meetings and open forums, later in the academic year once final regulations are published.

In the meantime, it is important that students, scholars and the University comply with the current regulations.  These regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:

While it is ultimately the student’s/scholar’s responsibility to maintain his or her legal status, the University may also suffer negative consequences for various violations.  For example, if the University employs an F-1 student as a full TA and a tutor, in violation of the 20 hour per week limit, or does not properly notify the INS of a student’s change of degree level, the University may be subject to fines and/or may lose the ability to continue to enroll and/or employ any F-1 or J-1 students/scholars.

This information is not exhaustive.  Please refer any international students or scholars who have questions about their immigration status to OIS for information about their particular situation.  Faculty, administrators, and staff who work with internationals are also welcome to consult with OIS regarding specific situations or general issues.  Additionally, the OIS website contains important information, including OIS forms and documents, which University departmental personnel may find useful: