On Campus Services

The Office of International Student Programs and Services (OISPS) offers a variety of services to assist the international student population at Lamar University in the classroom and beyond.  These services cover academic and SEVIS related issues, employment, and travel.  After reviewing the available information any students that may still have questions are invited to call, email, or visit the ISSO.  Appointments can be scheduled in advance.

Topics discussed under the following headings are:

Arrival in the U.S.

  • Orientation (University Law Required – No Orientation, No Registration)
  • Registration in International Student Services Office
  • Academic Advising and Enrollment

SEVIS Related

  • Visa Information (F-1 and J-1)
  • Maintaining your visa status 
  • Program Extension for F-1 Students
  • Program Extension for J -1Visa
  • Dependent Applications for F Visa
  • Dependent Applications for J Visa
  • SEVIS Transfer-In Form
  • Initial SEVIS Transfer Out  
  • SEVIS Transfer-Out Form – Current Students
  • Change of Address
  • Replacement of Arrival and Departure I-94 Card

Academic Related

  • Change of Major
  • Reduced Course Load
  • Program Level Changes
  • Health Insurance
  • Program Extension


  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) 
  • 17 Month OPT Stem Extension
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • On Campus Employment 
  • Economic Hardship Employment
  • Internship with an international organization
  • Special Government Release Programs

Travel Documents

  • Invitation Letters - for friends and family
  • Travel Request Form
  • Entry to Another Country