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iSTART - system overview
Tips for a Successful Application
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iSTART is the ISSS case management system for international students and scholars.  It is comprised of e-forms which allow students and scholars to make electronic requests to update their I-20 or DS-2019.  It also allows ISSS to ensure integrity in managing records and personal information for our student and scholar population.

If you are experiencing any issues accessing a specific e-form, or routing your form to your academic advisor, please e-mail us at isss@illinois.edu.


tips for a successful application

  • Apply early! Some requests are time-sensitive, and it generally takes ISSS up to five business days to issue a new document
  • If you are required to list/prove funding in your application, make sure you have met the minimum funding requirements
  • Route your form to the correct second approver (advisor). Some departments require you to send the e-form to a specific advisor; if you're unsure who this is, check with your department or college
  • You will receive a series of e-mails once you've submitted the application. Your document is ready when you receive the final approval e-mail. Please only contact ISSS if it has been over five business days since the e-form was submitted to our office, and you haven't received the approval e-mail
    • E-mail A: Confirms that the form has been submitted either to the ISSS office or routed to your advisor
    • E-mail B (sent only if form needed a second approver): Confirms that your advisor has submitted the form to ISSS
    • E-mail C: Approval e-mail. Student can pick up the new I-20 or DS-2019 the next business afternoon.
  • If you need your document mailed, please make sure you choose the correct mailing option, and provide the correct mailing address

e-forms

 

The following are the types of online services available for international students through the iSTART system:


f-1 sTUDENTS and J-1 students

  • Address Update
  • Reprint Request
  • Program Extension
  • Biographical Information (Name/Country of Citizenship) Update
  • Funding Update
  • Change of Field of Study (Undergraduate)
  • Change of Field of Study (Graduate)
  • Reduced Course Load
  • Change of Graduate Program
  • Add a Dependent
  • Transfer Out
  • Resuming Studies at the University (Undergraduate only)
  • Reinstatement

f-1 sTUDENTS only

  • Curricular Practical Training
  • Optional Practical Training
  • OPT Re-request (if you need to change or cancel a previous request)
  • OPT 17-month Extension Application Form
  • CAP GAP Extension
  • OPT Employer Update

j-1 students only

  • Academic Training

other

  • Change of Status to F-1
  • Change of Status to J-1

 


Guides and Info Sheets

  • Academic Training (AT) Information Sheet [Download]
    Contains information on how to apply for Academic Training
  • Social Security Application Information [Download]
    An information sheet regarding Social security applications for international students.
  • Driver's License Application [Download]

    A factsheet to help international students in their application for a State of illinois Driving License.

  • Change of Status: Dependent to Student [Download]

    Use these instructions when filing a Change of Status to F-1 request to USCIS. Whilst the instructions specifically pertain to changing from a dependent status (F-2, H-4 etc) they can be used for changing from any eligible status to F-1.

  • Change of Status: Student to Dependent [Download]

    Use these instructions when filing a Change of Status to F-2 request to USCIS. Whilst the instructions specifically pertain to changing from a student status (F-1) they can be used for changing from any eligible status to F-2.

  • Change of Status: F-1 to J-1 [Download]
    Use these instructions when filing a Change of Status from F-1 to J-1.

 

 

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