Core Programs and Services

ISSS provides visa/immigration advising and assistance with transitioning to life in the U.S. and at FAU for international students, scholars, and their accompanying dependents. Below is a list of primary services/programs

Compliance, Reporting, & Record Maintenance

    • Submit re-certification and re-designation documentation to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) in order to continue operating the F and J visa programs
    • Perform all required periodic and event-based SEVIS reporting
    • Liaise with appropriate units within the Department of Homeland Security
    • Monitor Exchange Visitor Program activity
    • Inform students, scholars, and the university community of compliance requirements and immigration updates

Services for incoming (new) students and scholars

    • Preparation and issuance of initial I-20s for newly admitted undergraduate, graduate, and conditional admission students
    • Preparation of DS-2019 forms (all categories)
    • Pre-arrival information and communication
    • Mandatory new student check-in upon arrival in the U.S.
    • Mandatory immigration orientations for all new international students at FAU
    • Information sessions and activities to facilitate understanding of health and wellness issues and cultural adjustment
    • Main point of contact for sponsored student organizations

Services for current students& scholars

    • Updates & information on immigration responsibilities and upcoming changes in immigration regulations
    • Workshops/seminars pertaining to immigration issues, employment, tax responsibilities for international students/scholars
    • I-20/DS-2019 document preparation
    • Employment information and authorization (curricular practical training, optional practical training, economic hardship, etc.)
    • Travel and re-entry
    • Medical insurance requirements (Scholars)
    • Social security and tax information
    • Driver’s License information
    • Cultural adjustment and personal concerns
    • Letters confirming enrollment, status, and/or tuition amounts

Other support services and programs

    • Departmental information related to international students and scholars
    • Forms and guidelines for inviting international visiting scholars and interns through the J Exchange Visitor Program
    • International Education Week & Festival of Nations
    • International Friends Program (peer mentoring)

Information about other international services provided through other FAU departments:

 Last Modified 9/29/15