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The  JHU Tax Office has purchased a license for GLACIER Tax Prep which is Federal tax preparation software for Nonresident Alien (NRA) Students and Scholars.  GLACIER Tax Prep is specifically designed to help NRA’s file a federal tax return so it is user friendly and generates the appropriate federal tax return for each NRA.  JHU’s license of GLACIER Tax Prep is available FREE to NRAs associated with the university and who need to prepare and file their annual federal income tax return. 

Instructions for accessing GLACIER Tax Prep can be found here

*IMPORTANT* Updates on Office of International Services Schedules for Office Hours and Advising

Please be aware that all JHU offices, including OIS, will be closed on Monday December 25, Tuesday, December 26, Friday, December 29 and Monday, January 1 in observance of the holidays.  OIS will also have the following adjustments for various locations as noted below.  OIS@Homewood and OIS@DC will operate on a normal schedule.

OIS @ Medical Institutions:   There will be no walk-in advising hours at this location between Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, January 4.   Advisors will be available during office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for travel signatures only December 27-28 and January 2-4.  Advisors are also available by phone at 667-208-7012 and email at during office hours.  We will resume our regular advising schedule on Monday, January 8.

OIS @ Harbor East:   The last fay of fall advising at Carey Harbor East will be Thursday, December 21.   Due to the winter break, there will be no advising at Carey Harbor East between December 22 and January 19.  Advisors can be reached by phone at 667-208-7001, email at or by visiting the OIS@Homewood.  We will resume our regular advising schedule on Tuesday, January 23.

OIS @ Peabody:   The last fay of fall advising at Peabody will be Friday, December 15.   Due to the winter break, there will be no advising at Peabody between December 18 and January 12.  Advisors can be reached by phone at 667-208-7001, email at or by visiting the OIS@Homewood.  We will resume our regular advising schedule on Friday, January 19.

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s decision to terminate DACA as of March 5, 2018.  For detailed information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit:   

President Daniels' and Provost Kumar's statement about DACA to the JHU community can be accessed here.

USCIS announced Monday the reinstatement of H-1B premium processing for cap exempt employers. Effectively immediately, the OIS may upgrade to premium processing any H-1B case currently pending at USCIS, or file any new H-1B case under premium processing.


To request premium processing for a H-1B case, the hiring Department must provide the OIS with a check [made payable to: U.S. Department of Homeland Security] in the amount of $1,225.00. Please e-mail with any questions. Do not mail checks to USCIS. The Premium Processing fee must be submitted to the OIS in the form of a check and have the name of the foreign national, whose case the fee relates to, clearly marked on the check. 

Release Date: July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.

Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is:

* An institution of higher education;

* A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or

* A nonprofit research or governmental research organization.

Premium processing will also resume for petitions that may also be exempt if the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization or entity.

Starting today, those cap-exempt petitioners who are eligible for premium processing can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition.

USCIS previously announced that premium processing resumed on June 26 for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program as well as interested government agency waivers.

USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit. USCIS will make additional announcements with specific details related to when we will begin accepting premium processing for those petitions. Until then, premium processing remains temporarily suspended for all other H-1B petitions. USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed for those petitions, and if the petitioner submitted one check combining the Form I-907 and Form I-129 fees, USCIS will have to reject both forms.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and Instagram (@USCIS).