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Tax Workshop

Please sign up for one of the tax workshop dates offered below via Doodle Poll:

Forms and information is on MyCIIS:

Other resources:,


Who must file?

All F1 students who lived in the U.S. in 2017 you have to file at least one tax form – even if you did NOT work.


What to file?

If you are an F1 student who lived in the U.S. in 2017 then you must file the Form 8843—even if you did NOT work.

If you are an F1 students who worked in the U.S. in 2017 then you must also file the Form 1040NR-EZ.


F1 international students who have lived in the U.S. for less than 5 years are considered non-residents for tax purposes. Non-residents are NOT eligible to use online tax programs such as Turbo Tax! 


What are the documents that I may have received and need for filing? **Bring them to the workshop**

W2 form(s) from CIIS and/or other employers

1099-MISC form from employers that hired you as a contract employee (for students on OPT who are self –employed)

1099-INT from your bank for interest earned on your savings account

1098-T   “Tuition Statement” from CIIS

1042-S from employers

SFMRA—this is medical reimbursement through your campus jobs. You can work with CIIS HR for questions about this as this is not a tax document.


What is the deadline to file?

April 17, 2018 by midnight.


Events for International Students Spring 2018

Please take a look at the upcoming writing workshop and support group for international students.


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Writing Services

Editing Services at the Center for Writing and Scholarship (CWS)

As part of writing support services for the international student community, ESL students and L2 learners, the CWS provides technical and grammatical editing on papers and assignments at the final stages of the writing process. Distinct from CWS’ tutoring services (which focus on one-on-one collaboration), the Editing Service focuses on sentence-level edits utilizing Word’s Track Changes function. Along with a marked-up document, the ESM will provide students with general feedback, encouragement, and suggestions for overall writing improvement. The Editing service will launch in September; visit CWS' MyCIIS page (under the Academics tab) to learn more.



You must log in to check your admission number each time you re-enter the U.S. to confirm that your entry to the U.S. was recorded properly. Please keep all copies of all I-94 print outs.

This number shows proof of your being admitted to the U.S. in a legal status and is used for many purposes such as applying for a SSN, dealings at the DMV, and applications for OPT among other things.
To retrieve this number electronically, visit:  

If you have trouble retrieving your number, please make an appointment with Jody so we can get it for you.  Please note that often it is the name field that causes issues so if you have more than one last name please try a variety of combinations.


Student Visa Information

Please refer to information provided in the International Student Handbook and in documents on the MyCIIS International Students section. As well, you can review information on the U.S. Department of State website at


New International Student Orientation

Spring 2018
Friday, January 19, 1-3PM, Room 304
, followed by lunch off-campus (optional, but we hope you can join!)

We will discuss you immigration rights and responsibilities, services offered at CIIS, and any questions that you may have. Participation in the international student orientation is required.
Please bring the following copies to the orientation:
  • Visa stamp
  • I-94 Admission Number
  • Proof of Health insurance in English (CIIS will offer a student insurance plan in 2017-18 which we will discuss at the meeting, so you may choose to wait on this)


Please also bring your SEVIS I-20 form and passport.


This orientation is required for all F-1 visa holders. Please prioritize your attendance for this orientation.  More information will be communicated to incoming international students over the winter months.

If requirements for your degree program interferes with the date please contact Jody. A 'make-up' orientation will be held at the start of the semester for the group who cannot attend on January 19.


Contact: Jody O'Connor:



F-1 Student Visa holders on Optional Practical Training (OPT) are required to report within 10 days:

  1. changes employment information including name and address of employer, dates of employment, job title/duties, and loss of or change in employment.
  2. changes to their U.S. residence address
Please submit the online form for each employer.

Please double check the dates on your EAD card compared to the OPT dates listed on your I-20.
Once your employment changes are processed in SEVIS, the International Student Advisor will provide you with an updated version of your I-20. You will not receive an updated I-20 for residence address changes.

Employment Update

Please note that all categories with * are required.

CIIS User ID : 0
First Name :
Last Name :
Email Address:
Employment Changes / Update

Check all that apply :

1. Employer Information
Employer Name or Self Employed :
Start Date :
Show Calendar
Employment is :

Employer Address:
Employer EIN number (Highly recommended) :
Job Title :
End Date :
Show Calendar
2. Employment/Study Information
Explain how employment is related to your course of study/degree at CIIS*
3. Supervisor Information
Full Name :
Telephone Number :
Email Address :
Completion of OPT and Departing the U.S.

At the completion of your post-completion OPT status you will need to either transfer your I-20 to another school/another program, inform CIIS of changes to your visa status or report your date of departure from the U.S. to the International Student Advisor in writing. There is a 60 day grace-period after the completion of your OPT to remain in the U.S., transfer your I-20, change your visa status, etc.

What is the last day of your OPT?
Show Calendar
What date will you depart the US?
Show Calendar
Are you changing your visa status ?

If YES, please indicate new visa status, start date and receipt number :
Are you transferring to another U.S. SEVIS-approved university?

Home Address Update
Street Address:
City :
State :
Zip Code:


Required for School of Professional Psychology & Health and ACTCM who are registered for practicum/internship/clinic at CIIS counseling centers, ACTCM clinics or elsewhere. You must be registered for the course and have a contract agreement on file to qualify.

*Students in School of Consciousness and Transformation whose program requires an internship or are registered in for credit that requires CPT should fill out the CPT form on MyCIIS and make an appointment with the International Student Advisor to discuss.*

Please review the full information provided in the document called CPT Application and Information on MyCIIS. It is a LOT of information, but please do read through it.


CPT is defined as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.” It is a considered type of off-campus employment authorization in the F-1 student visa category that is related to a student’s academic program whether paid or unpaid.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Students must have been in full-time status for at least one full academic year. Exceptions exist for graduate students whose programs require immediate CPT.

2. In order for work to be considered permissible under CPT, it must be a required or an integral part of your degree requirement and temporary.

3. Employment authorization is employer-specific and requires an offer of employment. SSPH and ACTCM students must have a practicum contract for each site on file. Eligible SCT students must provide a letter from your potential employer (more information in application section).

4. You must be enrolled full-time during the semester(s) that you work CPT, and you must be registered for a practicum/internship course in summer semester.

5. NOTE: CPT cannot be authorized beyond the program end date of your I-20. If such a case arises, please also submit a Program Extension Form and support documentations.

Please submit documentation at least 2-4 weeks in advance of your proposed employment start date.

Please note that all categories with * are required.

CIIS User ID :     0  
First Name :
Last Name : 
Email Address (default) :  


Employee/Site Information
Employer Name :
Employer Address :
Employment Dates

These dates are written on your contract.

If the end date goes beyond your I-20 program end date, you need to first process a Program Extension request. The form is available on MyCIIS.

Start Date :
Show Calendar
End Date :
Show Calendar

Employment Details

Use of full-time CPT will affect your eligibility for OPT after graduation. Please review the CPT Application and Information form on MyCIIS. ;


Explain how employment is related to your course of study/degree at CIIS:

Updated I-20 with CPT Information

All I-20s will be updated with CPT information on page 2. If you contract dates change, please re-submit this form with the new dates. Please make comments in the "Additional Notes"  section below. Preferably students can collect their I-20 from Student Affairs in Room 302.


Home Address
Street Address :
City :
State :
Zip Code :
Additional Notes

Additional Notes :

International Student Advisor, Jody O'Connor, Room 401, 415-575-6157 ,

The International Student Advisor is the main contact for visa holders at CIIS.
The  Designated School Officials (DSOs) listed below are authorized to assist you in the absence of the ISA:
Yuwen Chiu, Associate Director of Admissions, ACTCM, 455 Arkansas St.,

International Student Listserv

Let's connect!

All F-1 international students are automatically added as members to this listserv with their CIIS mymail address.
Any other interested person who wishes to join the list can subscribe at .
Members send emails to: 


This listserv is for:
  • communication by the International Student Advisor to F-1 students regarding immigration updates and reminders . Please be sure to read through the emails or digest of announcements so as not to miss important deadlines and instructions. This is the primary way in which information is transmitted to international students.
  • communication between international students and the International Student Advisor for general questions, immigration and Institute information and more.
  • communication between members.


Information about student email accounts: (log in)

Documents for current students

Please refer to CIIS policies and immigration regulations on these forms prior to any action that may affect successful maintenance of your visa status.  Please give yourself at least 2-4 weeks (as much as 12 weeks for OPT) for processing and submit in a timely manner to the International Student Advisor.  Many of these forms require your department signatures and an appointment with the International Student Advisor.

US Immigration laws are complex and always changing. The information provided on this website and in documents is intended only to give you an overview of different immigration procedures. It should not be construed as a substitute for legal advice. Although we make every effort to make certain that all information contained on this web site is current, we make no guarantees as to its accuracy. You are encouraged to consult an international student advisor or an immigrant attorney to see how the law applies in your case.


Maintaining Your Visa Status (.pdf, 155K)

As an international student, you have an obligation to comply with the immigration laws and regulations of the United States. It is illegal to violate U.S. federal immigration laws and regulations for any reason whatsoever .   Please refer to detailed information in the Maintaining Your Visa Status document and always check in with the International Student Advisor for questions and advance authorization on actions that will affect your visa status.


Financial Aid Resources (.pdf, 123K)

This is a short list of some organizations for finding funding through grants and scholarships. Please help us keep this information up-to-date and relevant. If you find any good leads for funding, please let the International Student Advisor know.


Scholarship List.pdf (.pdf, 175K)

This list includes grants and scholarships for non-residents and U.S. citizens.


International Student Handbook (.pdf, 803K)

Please refer to the handbook for information on immigration regulations and CIIS policies, cultural adjustment and practical information for life in the Bay Area. Topics include:

Arriving in SF

Maintaining Visa

Essential Documents

Address Update Requirement

Full-time Enrollment Requirement and Exceptions

Rules for Taking Online Classes

Concurrent Enrollment

Extending Your Study

Change of Degree Level/Program

Transferring Schools

Re-entry to the U.S.



Reduced Course Load (RCL) Request form (.pdf, 130K)

There are very few exceptions to the requirement to be enrolled full-time in each semester. Those exceptions include academic difficulty, medical condition, and completion of study, and there are strict criteria for each. In every instance, you must obtain prior authorization from the International Student Advisor. Requests must be made prior to the semester in which a RCL will take place.


Program Extension Form (.pdf, 139K)

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permits program extensions for, “compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses.” A program extension may not be granted for reasons resulting from academic probation or suspension. Deadlines and information are listed in the form.


Applying for a Social Security Number and Campus Employment (.pdf, 489K)

F-1 students who are maintaining their visa status are eligible to work on-campus.  The MyCIIS Financial Aid tab posts campus jobs. Upon being offered employment students will need to apply for a social security number and complete HR paperwork in order to begin working.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information and Application (.pdf, 152K)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is most commonly used by F-1 students to gain work experience in their field of study after completing a degree program, but there are certain other situations in which OPT may be possible prior to completion of a degree program.  OPT has a cumulative maximum of 12 months per degree sought and requires approval from USCIS. It takes approximately 3 months to receive approval.


OPT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (.pdf, 148K)

Information on applying, wait times, taxes, employment, unemployment, travel during pending and approved OPT...


OPT Employment Letter (.pdf, 110K)
Use for travel while OPT, applying for a social security card if your OPT employment is the first time you are being employed in the U.S.
Cirricular Practical Training (CPT) Information and Application (.pdf, 192K)

STARTING SUMMER 2017:  All SSPH and ACTCM students must fill out the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) online form on MyCIIS and meet eligibility for qualifying CPT.


Students in the SCT programs should review the CPT document and contact the International Student Advisor to verify eligibility.


Fee Waiver, applying with I-765 (.docx, 12K)

Fee waiver for USCIS: Form I-912 click here

Fee waiver is used to request non-payment for the I-765 application which is used for the OPT or Severe Economic Hardship application. In addition to the form, a one-page explanation and evidence is required.
Print the most up-to-date form from the USCIS website linked up above. Instructions are also available on the link. Include the fee waiver request form with your application for OPT or other USCIS applications.
Please use these documents when submitting required financial documentation for the visa process or updates/changes to your I-20 form.
For Wire Transfer information, please contact the CIIS Business Office at
Certificate of Funding Form.pdf (.pdf, 151K)

Use this form along with official documentation of proof of funding, required for the visa process and extensions of the I-20 program end date.


Sample Bank Letter (.pdf, 15K)



Tax Information

All F1 students living in the U.S. must file at least one tax form each year--whether they worked or not. All F1 students need to file the Form 8843. Students who worked must also file the Form 1040NR-EZ. Tax workshops are held in March each spring semester.


How to Complete your 1040NR-EZ (.pdf, 629K)

Please use this form to go line by line through your 1040NR-EZ. You will need any of the tax documents that you received:

 W2 from employers, CIIS for campus work or your various employers for off-campus work through CPT or OPT.

1099 from employers whom you worked for and got paid as an independent contractor. These forms are usually issued only if you earned over $600, but all income is required to be reported regardless of if you received this form or not. You can request a 1099 from the CIIS Business Office.


Information about Tax Withholding (.pdf, 483K)

U.S. employers are required to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes from wages earned in the U.S.  Individuals in F-1, J-1, M-1 or Q-1 status are exempt from these withholding as long are they are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes. Employers are frequently unaware that F-1 students are exempt from the Social Security tax law and you can recover taxes wrongly withheld.


Form 8843 2017 (.pdf, 102K)

This document is filed by all F1 and adult F2 dependents who resided in the U.S. in 2017 even if you did not work on or off campus.


1040 NR-EZ 2017 (.pdf, 117K)

This form is used by students who earned money through campus employment or various employers while on CPT/OPT.


1040 NR-EZ 2017 Instructions (.pdf, 982K)
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Welcome to CIIS’ Unique Culture of Transformative Learning!

The Bridge Project: August 2018

Aug 6 - Aug 17: International Student Summer Bridge Writing Intensive. This two-week writing intensive is geared specifically for the international student community. International students will have the opportunity to engage academically and connect socially with other new CIIS international students. The program is designed to challenge you intellectually, sharpen your academic writing skills, and give you an early orientation and introduction to the University and program expectations and culture. For all of these reasons, CIIS requires all incoming international students participate in the Summer Bridge Program as part of the International Student Orientation on Friday, August 19th.

Aug 13-17: Domestic Student Bridge Program Writing and Diversity Intensive. A writing, diversity, and social awareness intensive for working students, first generation college students, returning adult learners, and historically underrepresented students. Similar to the writing intensive for international students, this module will prepare incoming students for the types of writing required across academic programs at CIIS. This interactive, two-day workshop is designed to re-familiarize students with the critical reading, writing, and analytical skills that are the foundation for effective academic writing. We'll also engage in community-building activities to strengthen communication skills and classroom engagement.

August 17: New International Student Orientation

August 17: Bridge Welcome Party (in Lobby). A celebratory launch event for all students participating in the Bridge Project, complete with music, dancing, gifts, food, and guest visitors from the CIIS community.


Email to register
Please review details and the video on the main CIIS website .  
CIIS requires all newly admitted international students to participate in the Summer Bridge Orientation program.  Additionally , any continuing English language learner at CIIS is also welcome to enroll .


What is the Bridge Project?

The Bridge Project is a summer intensive and year-long program of support designed to assist first-year students in building academic confidence and cultivating a sense of belonging as they enter into CIIS’ unique educational culture. Serving a diverse and global community, the Bridge Project will connect students with a supportive cohort of peers, mentors, faculty, and advisors through writing workshops, diversity and social justice modules, field trips to San Francisco venues, and social events. All programs are free to participating students.


What will I (as a student entering CIIS) gain from participating in the Bridge Project?

As a participant in this dynamic Bridge Project initiative, you will:

  • Gain assistance with transitioning into a new city and educational environment
  • Join a supportive cohort of 30 first-year students
  • Hone foundational writing, research, and classroom communication skills
  • Cultivate resilience, belonging, and academic confidence, as you gain tools for thriving during your time at CIIS
  • Participate in community-building workshops, San Francisco field trips, and welcome mixers
  • Connect with mentors, peers, and advisors who will support you throughout your time at CIIS
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion for completing the Bridge Project during a closing ceremony honoring your work

Fall and Spring 2018-2019 Workshops and Social Events. Over the course of the spring and fall semesters, Bridge staff will host a number of events. Possibilities include International Education Week, an evening with guest presenter, Eduardo Duran, and a Social / Movie Night.



Ongoing Year-Long Support: Besides the above learning modules, students will work with advisors and peer mentors throughout the Bridge year, cultivating a sense of resilience, belonging, and confidence in their academic and professional skills. Possible support modalities will be individualized based on students’ needs and professional goals, and may include:


  • Integrated academic support through CWS credit-based writing and research courses
  • Advising meetings with Bridge leadership and staff
  • An online Canvas community page with resources, tutorials, and videos
  • Collaborating with faculty to integrate support modules and workshops in individual classes
  • Support for living and thriving within the context of the San Francisco Bay Area
Please contact International Student Advisor, Jody O'Connor, with questions at

Summer Bridge Project Flyer

Forms for Incoming Students


Congratulations on your acceptance!
Please review the International Student Acceptance Packet for the steps to obtain the SEVIS I-20/student visa.
All incoming international students are required to attend the Summer Bridge and New International Student Orientation.  Information can be found in the sections to the left.
Contact me with any questions: Jody O'Connor,


IS Acceptance Packet, 2017-2018 (.pdf, 193K)
This document explains the next steps for  newly admitted students to obtain a student visa. It also includes information on scholarships, employment and services for international students.
You may scan copies to Jody O'Connor at, but please keep the originals for your visa appointment and arrival to the U.S. Jody may require the originals be presented at the New International Student Orientation.
SEVIS Fee (.pdf, 26K)
F-1 visa applicants must pay a one-time fee to supplement the administration costs of the Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS). New students are required to pay this fee.
Certificate of Funding Form (.pdf, 151K)
Submit the Certificate of Funding form with original financial support documentation showing the minimum amount required to obtain the I-20 as outlined in the International Student Acceptance packet.
Summer Bridge Program (.pdf, 299K)
The CIIS Summer Bridge Program is required for all incoming international students. It will be held  Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017, 10-3pm. Students who start at CIIS in the spring before this date will also need to attend.
Please review details and the video on the main CIIS website.
** Students who have conflicts with the dates due to their program retreats or intensives should inform the International Student Advisor in June-July**
Scholarship and Grant Information (.pdf, 114K)
This is a short list of some organizations for finding funding through grants and scholarships. Please help us keep this information up-to-date and relevant. If you find any good leads for funding, please let the International Student Advisor know.
Sample Bank Letter (.pdf, 15K)
Transfer Eligibility Form (.pdf, 110K)
Students already attending a U.S. institution who wish to transfer their SEVIS I-20 form to CIIS must also submit the Transfer Eligibility form.
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