Academics

International Student and Scholar Office

Welcome International Students and Scholars!

Trump Executive Order - Information & Advisory Notes - last updated 01/29/2017

For information on the executive order which restricts travel/visa issuance for foreign nationals from certain countries, click here.

Please click here for the FAQ sheet in regards to the above Trump Executive Order. 

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) works with more than 2,400 students and 150 scholars from more than 100 countries. We are happy to welcome you among our vibrant, international community and hope you will call Boston and the University of Massachusetts Boston your home away from home.

This unit serves as your resource for all immigration matters. This office is the university’s liaison to the U.S. governmental agencies concerned with matters relating to international students and scholars studying and working in the United States. Our advisers can assist you with anything that concerns your immigration and employment status. Through advising sessions, scheduled workshops, and information seminars, you will learn to easily navigate your way through the immigration system that governs your stay in the U.S. and focus on your academics, making valuable connections in your community and enjoying your stay in Boston.

The International Student and Scholar Office webpages contain information regarding:

Please take time to familiarize yourself with these webpages, as you will find much valuable information, including downloadable PDF handbooks, office application forms, and many useful web links.

To introduce you to the ISSO and to ensure that you entered the U.S. in proper status, we ask that you to report to a mandatory immigration clearance at the start of your semester.  See below for upcoming mandatory immigration clearance sessions. 

UPCOMING MANDATORY IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE SESSIONS

International students are permitted to enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start date on the Form I-20. Please plan to arrive at least two weeks early. Most immigration clearance sessions last approximately 90 minutes in length.  

All Clearances are in Room 2115, Campus Center, Block 2100 OR University Hall, 2nd floor, Classroom 233

FRIDAY, August 25, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM - Room 2115, Campus Center, Block 2100
MONDAY, August 28, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  - University Hall, 2nd floor, Classroom 2330
MONDAY, August 28, 2017, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM - University Hall, 2nd floor, Classroom 2330
TUESDAY, August 29, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - University Hall, 2nd floor, Classroom 2330
TUESDAY, August 29, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM - University Hall, 2nd floor, Classroom 2330
WEDNESDAY, August 30, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM - University Hall, 2nd floor, Classroom 2330

Prompt = without delayed arrival. RSVP is required.  Max 70 persons. You must go here: RSVP Form to sign up for a session.

Office Hours:

Weekdays 8:30AM – 5PM

Walk-in Hours:  

Monday 2 - 4PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10AM - 12PM, 2 - 4PM
Friday NO WALK INS ACCEPTED

For advising outside of these times, please make an appointment with the front desk to see and advisor. You can also call for an appointment at 617.287.5586

Please note that scholar orientations are held weekly and are by appointment only. Please email a scholar advisor to schedule your orientation appointment if you are a newly arriving scholar. 

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