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Processing Times

The VISA office is open for document pick-up and document drop-off from Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 2 pm.

Reduced Courseload (RCL) up to 3 business days
Hold Removal up to 3 business days
Travel Signatures up to 3 business days
Letters up to 5 business days
Address changes up to 5 business days
Home country forms up to 5 business days
SEVIS transfer up to 5 business days
Document duplicate/copy request up to 5 business days
Academic Training up to 10 business days
All I-20s (including CPT & OPT) and DS-2019s for students up to 10 business days
  • The processing "clock" starts once all required documentation has been submitted.
  • During busier times of the year (first three weeks and last three weeks of fall, spring and summer semesters), processing can take longer.

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Use eShipGlobal Express Mail Service to receive documents.


PLEASE NOTE: SEVP (Student & Exchange Visitor Program) Guidance on Form I-20 Issuance (June 4, 2019) states that, "the Form I-20 must be issued directly by a school to the nonimmigrant student, his or her dependents, or, for minors, to the parent or guardian of the nonimmigrant student." You can read the full text of the guidance here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Visa & Immigration Service Advising (intlstu@odu.edu.)

Address Updates

SEVIS Home Country Address SEVIS US Address Permanent Address - University uses this address for correspondence (Billing letters, W2s, Diplomas, etc)

Letter Requests

Request a Letter from VISA

Reduced Courseload

Reduced Courseload (RCL) Approval Request Multiple Institutions Enrollment Approval Request

Off-Campus Employment - Practical Trainings

CPT Internship - Request for Curricular Practical Training OPT - Request for Optional Practical Training STEM OPT - Request for STEM Optional Practical Training OPT Employment Update Request for Academic Training: J-1 students

Leaving ODU (Temporarily or Permanently)

Leave of Absence SEVIS Transfer-Out Program Departure Form

I-20/DS-2019 Extension or Update

Request a new I-20 or DS-2019 Recommendation for Extension of Visa Document Financial Documentation Requirements Financial Form - Sponsor Information Dependent Document Request Form Dependent Responsibilities Form

Tax information and Forms

Tax Forms Update for the 2022 Tax Year Tax Nonresident Federal Tax Preparation Program Password Request Form Virginia Tax Forms
J - 1 Exchange Visitor - DS-2019 Request Form Out of Country Form for J-1 Exchange Visitors ODU H-1B Application - Employer Portion ODU Research Foundation H1B Application - Employer Portion H1B Application - Employee Portion