International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO)

The ISSO provides essential services to ensure student, scholar, and institutional compliance with federal regulations. Within this office, students can access professional expertise on immigration and employment issues. ISSO also promotes the academic, professional, and personal growth of this diverse community while cultivating an appreciation of its many contributions to the BU campus.

As you prepare to enter the U.S. and begin your studies at BU, the ISSO will be a resource to you for the following:

Visa and Immigration Services

  • Maintenance of lawful immigration status
  • Assist with processing to:
    • Travel outside and return to the U.S.
    • Work on campus
    • Drop below a full course of study
    • Withdraw from school
    • Extend time limit for completion of study
    • Change major field of study
    • Change academic level
    • Transfer to or from another school
  • Assist with immigration authorization to:
    • Work off campus
    • Change immigration status
    • Work after graduation
  • Maintenance, renewal, and replacement of passport, visa, I-94, I-20, DS-2019

Other Services

  • Assist with:
    • New student orientation
    • Cultural adjustment
    • Intercultural programs and events
    • Social Security card application
  • Provide information on:
    • Boston University services, policies, and procedures
    • Community programs and services
    • Holiday programs and travel opportunities
    • Scholarships, fellowships, and educational loans
    • Embassies and consulates