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The Office of the Registrar helps international students with U.S, Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) procedures and regulations. Once an international student is enrolled into a BFA or MFA full-time degree program, the Designated School Official (DSO) advises students on all aspects of their immigration status during their studies. Designated School Officials assist international students in complying with up-to-date federal immigration regulations. The DSOs help international students with the following:


1. Maintaining Status

  • Mandatory Check-In process
  • SEVIS related issues and concerns
  • I-20 endorsements and reprints
  • Proof of Enrollment
  • Change of Address (form AR-11)

2. International Student Employment Options

  • On-Campus
  • Practical Training
  • Optional Practical Training - OPT (form I-765)
  • Curricular Practical Training - CPT
  • Procurement of Social Security Numbers (where eligible)

3. Travel requirements

  • I-20 endorsements

4. Change-of-Status requests (form I-539)
5. Transfer to & from Otis College of Art and Design
6. Readmission Procedures
7. Reinstatement as an F-1 student.

Your Immigration Documents are:

  • SEVIS I-20

Passport

  • F-1 Visa or other valid visa
  • Form I-94

Helpful U.S. government links
 

For more information please visit our International Student page.
 

Students with questions regarding their visa status should contact Juan Venegas, (310) 665-6953, Designated School Official in the Registration Office, second floor of the Ahmanson building. Students with questions concerning Center for Creative Professions should contact ccp@otis.edu or (424) 207-2490