ISSO Services During COVID19

ISSO staff will be unavailable Monday, August 17 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and Tuesday, August 18 (all day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) for staff training.

The staff of the ISSO remains committed to advising and assisting our international student and scholar community remotely during this challenging time.

Please find our interim plan to support our various communities by selecting one below:

Current Students
Scholars/Employees
New Admits

Services to International Students

International students should continue to email their ISSO advisor directly during this time to ask questions and strategize processing. All processing and interactions will occur via zoom or email.  SEVP has provided ISSO with temporary permission to issue I-20s with electronic signature and send to your BU e-mail address, so continuing students will receive new I-20s via e-mail during the COVID emergency.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19 for updated information.

  • Students should email their ISSO advisor directly all other requests.

Services to International Scholars/Employees

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19 for updated information.

International scholars/employees should continue to email their primary ISSO scholar team contact during this time to ask questions and strategize processing. All processing and interactions will occur via zoom or email.

    Contact your ISSO advisor or send an email to issosch@bu.edu to schedule a remote appointment. This includes any required check-in or employment authorization verification (I-9) completion for new employees, travel signatures for J-1 scholars as well as other questions related to your employment/activity at BU.

    New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation:

    The majority of incoming J scholars have already been notified that their J-1 program start date will be postponed. However, if a J-1 in your department has already arrived and has been cleared by Occupational Health to commence their activity in your department, they should contact their ISSO advisor to schedule a remote New J-1 Scholar Check-in and Orientation.

    Immigration Processing Request Packets:

    The ISSO will continue to process immigration requests. Please forward completed immigration sponsorship requests to your scholar advisor as we will accept them via email. For new J-1 sponsorship requests, please include a pre-completed FedEx airbill so that we can mail the Form DS-2019 and supporting materials directly to the scholar.

    Remote Document pick-up:

    Departments or scholars that have been notified that a document is ready for pick up at the ISSO should email their ISSO advisor to arrange for us to send you the documents.

Immigration Processing for New Admits

    • Boston University is committed to having you join our community and we are prepared to offer any support we can as you complete the immigration process. We understand that most US consular posts have suspended visa processing temporarily during the COVID19 pandemic. However, the ISSO will continue to issue and send I-20s to admitted students so you can be prepared to initiate your visa application as soon as the consular posts reopen. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you apprised of any developments.
  • Please visit the admission related FAQs during COVID19
  • Please review the documents required to BU to provide immigration sponsorship to newly admitted students
  • Please contact the admissions office of the program to which you are applying for specifics regarding the status of your academic admission. Contact information for all of the different admissions offices is available here
  • Please contact ISSO via email at issogac@bu.edu if you have any questions regarding immigration processing for new admits during this time

Please send an email to isso@bu.edu with any questions.