About ISSO

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OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING STEM UPDATE:   If you are currently approved for the OPT STEM and are eligible for a 7 month extension you should have received an e-mail from the ISSO with information on how to request the extension.  If you have not received the e-mail contact the ISSO at isso@unl.edu or by calling 402-472-0324.

For more information about the new rule, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Study in the States STEM OPT Hub at:  https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-hub

ISSO provides immigration assistance to international students and scholars in the UNL community. We are here to:

  • help international students and scholars maintain their immigration status and comply with U.S. employment regulations;
  • assist UNL departments and colleges in their efforts to hire and retain international researchers and faculty; and
  • serve as a liaison with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in matters related to international visitors studying and working at UNL
Office Staff
Karen Cagley Director
Alexandra Jones ISS Specialist
Stephen Mattos ISS Specialist
Natalia Meyer ISS Specialist
Stephanie Wright Program Assistant
Alan Wilkins Staff Assistant
Xiaoqian Ma Graduate Assistant

International Students and Scholars, contact our office when you are:

  • Arriving at UNL for the first time (Important Arrival Information!)
  • Planning to travel outside of the U.S. (Important Arrival Information!)
  • Planning to take less than a full-time course load
    (<12 credit hours for undergrad, <9 credit hours for graduate)
  • Transferring to another school
  • Moving from one degree program to another
  • Applying for employment
  • Nearing the end of your stay in the U.S.
  • Approaching the expiration date on any of your immigration documents
ISS Specialists' Consulting Hours

no appointment necessary

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Business hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.