International Student FAQ
Boston University International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO) is devoted to assisting international students through the immigration process and helping international students adjust to life at Boston University. They have extensive resources available to educate and assist international students. We strongly recommend students visit their website for more information on:
- Detailed instructions on the Visa process
- What to expect when entering the United States
- Checking in at Boston University
- A guide to living in Boston
All international students are required to check in with ISSO upon arriving in the United States. The ISSO staff will best be able to answer all of our incoming international students’ questions on visa or immigration paperwork. International students are also required to provide an up to date address where they will be living in Boston.
When will I get my I-20?
Documents that are received at ISSO are usually processed within 10 business days. Upon receiving your documents, ISSO will typically take 2 days to log the information, 5-7 days to process the documents, and a final 1-2 days to complete the process and issue the I-20 documents. If additional information is required, you will be contacted directly for further information.
Our office receives all College of Engineering documents and works diligently with ISSO to ensure that your file is processed in a timely manner. We are appreciative of your patience and understand the time required in the Visa process after your I-20 is issued. If you have any concerns at all with the timeline of your I-20 issuance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How will my I-20 be mailed?
If your home address is in Iran: Unfortunately DHL does not ship directly from the US to Iran. The Graduate Programs Office will contact you to arrange a different shipping address in this circumstance.
Where can I “Check-In”?
What orientations will I be required to attend?
ISSO will host an additional mandatory orientation for all incoming international students. More information on the ISSO orientation, including the date and time of this orientation, will be posted on the ISSO website when it is announced.