Create your BU Google Email Account. This is an important step to creating your student record with the University and should be done as soon as possible after submitting your enrollment deposit. (You should have received an email after you submitted your enrollment deposit from email@example.com with these steps)
Create your BU ISSO Portal and collect your I-20 on this site
Make sure immigration documents are correct (1-20 Form)
Pay the SEVIS Fee
Check your passport dates
Contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to apply for a Visa
Schedule a Visa appointment
Prepare documents for the Visa interview
Wait for your Visa / Notify ISSO of any issues
Schedule your travel to the US
Pass through Immigration at your US port of entry
Arrive at BU and check in with ISSO
For detailed guidelines for students applying for the F-1 student visa and for entering the United States, please visit:
The ISSO provides essential services to ensure student success in the US. It also promotes the academic, professional, and personal growth of this diverse community.
Assistance with processing:
Travel outside of and returning to the US, employment on campus, a drop below a full course of study, withdrawal from school, an extended time limit for completion of study, a change to your major or field of study, a change in academic level, or a transfer to or from another school.
Assistance with immigration authorization:
To work off campus, change immigration status, or work after graduation.
To maintain lawful immigration status or renew/replacement a passport, Visa, I-94, I-20, or DS-2019 documents.
New Student Orientation, cultural adjustment, intercultural programs and events, and Social Security card application
BU services, policies, and procedures; community programs and services; holiday programs and travel opportunities; scholarships, fellowships, and educational loans; and Embassies and Consulates