Whenever CSUN offices are closed, Police Services are still available

You can contact the campus police anytime. The Non-Emergency, 24-hour phone is (818) 677-2111. (Also see "In Case of Emergency")

Of course, always call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

You can also TEXT to 911. Text your emergency and location to 911, and the CSUN Police Department will respond.
 

Students: Visit the New Travel Resource Page

As an F student studying in the United States, you may be able to travel during your time of study. If you travel internationally for annual vacation or during a school break, make sure you take the appropriate steps before you travel to ensure a smooth re-entry into the United States. Visit Study in the States’ new resource page, “Traveling as an International Student,” to learn more about the steps you should take before traveling outside of the United States.
 

Buyers Beware! ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Warn Consumers about Counterfeit Goods During Holiday Shopping Season

… trafficking counterfeit goods across the U.S. border has also been linked to global, multi-billion dollar organized criminal groups and counterfeit items pose a serious health hazard to consumers who unwittingly purchase them. Among the items highlighted seized by CBP and displayed at the event were counterfeit Rolex watches, over-the-counter medications, high-end luxury items sportswear and sneakers.

… criminal organizations have become very adept at setting up online stores to lure the public into thinking they are purchasing legitimate goods on legitimate websites. In the last several years, HSI has teamed with industry and international law enforcement to help shut down tens of thousands of internet domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online…

Read the complete article
 

Processing Time for Application for OPT

USCIS has a new method to calculate processing times for Form I-765, Employment Authorization. Currently the estimated time range for USCIS to process your OPT request (application) is 5 – 7 months!! The estimated length of processing time will change every month or two (hopefully change to a shorter time!). See processing times on USCIS.gov site.
 

On OPT?

You are responsible for updating your own employment information in SEVIS! Visit the SEVP Portal Help section to find resources on how to use the SEVP Portal and comply with post-completion practical training reporting requirements.
 

International Student Life Cycle

An overview of the whole process beginning with a School Search Page through Completing Your Program of Study.
 

The Director of SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) sent a warning about scams (frauds, swindles) that are directed at international students.

International students have encountered imposter scams and phishing attacks as described below, so be careful!

Imposter Scams

A person pretends to be government official and attempts to intimidate students into giving them personal information or money. *ICE, USCIS, DHS, and the IRS will never ask students to transfer money to an individual. In addition, students will never be asked to pay fees via phone or by email.

If you receive a threatening call or message from someone claiming to be a government or law enforcement official, do NOT give any personal or financial information, try to get the name of the organization they claim to be from, and end the conversation immediately.

*ICE = U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; USCIS = U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

DHS = Department of Homeland Security; and IRS = Internal Revenue Service.

Check your email and regular mail for official contact from the organization. Also, you can contact the organization directly if you want to investigate.

Phishing Attacks

Criminals text or call international students to say that they have a family member in the hospital in their home country, or stuck at the airport, etc. They will then ask the student to transfer money to help that family member. Always check with your family first before transferring money to a family member in need.

If you are a target or victim of a scam, you can report it to ICE’s anonymous Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line. You can also visit USCIS’ tips on avoiding common scams or read DHS’s Identity Theft and Internet Scams Tip Card.