The Office of International Services (OIS) is happy to provide assistance with various updates to your immigration documents, shipping services, and resources for filing taxes while in the US. 

Express Mail Shipping

University Express Mail Service (UEMS) is an online service that allows you to easily pay for FedEx, UPS, or DHL with your credit card. Using this service allows you to get a good rate on your shipment, pay for the package in a secure way, and track your package once we ship it. Do not request delivery through the FedEx, UPS, or DHL websites directly. All carrier-related communication will be handled by the UEMS service.

Use the “FAQ” link in the UEMS site to resolve technical problems.

Instructions

  1. Login to IP Connect

  2. Click on 'Student Services' and 'Express Shipment Request' to complete the form

  3. After submission of this form you will be automatically redirected to the eShipGlobal University Express Mail Service (UEMS) website where you will create and pay for express shipping for your document

  4. Complete and submit your other requests in IP Connect or by submitting your paper forms to our office

Preparing Financial Documentation

International students must secure financial support to meet their educational and living expenses each academic year. The total amount of expenses is based on average costs for tuition, fees, books and supplies, insurance, and room and board and is adjusted every year. Find the current budget year for the following programs:

In order to process certain requests OIS may require updated proof of this financial support that is no older than 1 year and covers up to 1 academic year (F-1 students only) or the length of the entire program or extension (J-1 students). You may submit copies of financial documentation from a single or multiple sources in person or electronically. Documentation should be written in English or include an English translation, include your full name, and clearly list the currency type and amount.

Forms of Financial Documentation

  • Personal bank or savings account statement
  • Family member’s bank or savings account statement with signed Affidavit of Support
  • Assistantship award letter
  • Scholarship award letter
  • Home country/employer sponsorship award letter matching current major, degree level, and length of I-20/DS-2019
  • Retirement fund accounts
  • Stock certificates
  • Real estate holdings
  • Letter of good financial standing from bank
  • Cryptocurrency or other non-liquid funds

Filing Taxes in the US

As an international student, exchange visitor, or employee, the Office of Finance and Administration has prepared helpful information about filing taxes in the US as a foreign national. Please review the information provided on their website for help filing your taxes.

Resources for Filing Taxes as a Foreign National

Oregon State University does not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. You should consult your own tax, legal, and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. Your tax responsibilities are yours alone and you are responsible for all filings, payments, and penalties. Listing resources, referencing an entity, or linking to a website or document do not indicate university endorsement of the resources, entity, or content.

Additional Information on Tax Filing Software

International Students, Exchange Visitors, & Employees have access to Sprintax, an online tax software to assist you with filing your federal income taxes. Sprintax will help you prepare your tax return and provide you with step-by-step instructions of when to file, how to file, and where to file your taxes. You will not be able to submit your tax forms online.

Sprintax has many benefits, including the ability to use a 24-hour live instant messaging tool with tax experts to answer your questions. If you have any questions about using the Sprintax software, please contact hello@sprintax.com or use the Live Messenger tool in your Sprintax account.

Oregon State University provides access to Sprintax, an online tax filing software, as a courtesy. The university cannot guarantee that the resources identified, including Sprintax, will meet your needs. If you need extra assistance or have a complicated tax situation, you can hire a tax professional.

OIS will send you a payment code via your ONID email account by late February to use Sprintax. Some tax preparation is free using OSU’s Sprintax code, however, there may be a fee associated with other services. If you have not received a Sprintax access code by late February, please email us.

Please do not share the Sprintax access code with anyone other than international students and scholars at OSU as we have a limited number of codes available. The access code will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please file your taxes early.

If you want to learn more about how to use Sprintax come to our Sprintax Workshops, offered each Winter term during tax season. You will receive dates and sign up information for the workshops when you are notified about Sprintax in February. Please note: Presenting OIS staff are not licensed or certified tax accountants and are therefore not qualified to advise on tax preparation.

You can access this year's recorded workshops online, below:

  • Tax workshop for those who worked in the US in 2019
  • Tax workshop for those who did not work in the US in 2019