Welcome to International Student Advising (ISA)

The International Student Advising (ISA) is a unit under the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). ISA provides focused support for our increasing number of international students on all immigration advising to our F and J visa holders.

Updates on Immigration Policy Changes

News & Updates

  • ISSS Closed on Monday, January 21 --ISSS will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • New Student Check-In Sessions! --Tuesday, January 22 and Friday, January 25. If you haven't done so already and you are a newly admitted Spring 2019 student, please register here for a check-in session as soon as possible. Sessions are filling up fast!
  • SEVP Portal Rollout-- As of December 10, 2018, ISSS will be requiring students on post-completion OPT to report their employment through the SEVP portal. Our previous guidance instructed students to report their employment through our employment update report form on the ISSS website. Please select the following link to obtain more information on how to access and use the SEVP Portal: SEVP Portal Information.                                                Additionally, the following form is used for students who want to reset the password of a locked SEVP Portal account, resend the SEVP Portal invitation email due to an expired previous invitation, inform ISSS of a change in preferred emails, or request correction of your OPT/STEM status in SEVIS: SEVP Portal Access Form

    We are still requiring students on STEM-OPT Extensions to report their employment via the employment update report form on our website, unless they would like to update their work address and phone number via the SEVP Portal, or simply REVIEW employment information. Otherwise, if you are authorized for STEM-OPT, please continue using the employment update report form to report your employment as well as any material changes to your employment. Please click on the following link to view the SEVP Portal tutorial video: SEVP Portal Tutorial 
  •  On-Campus Work Authorization UPDATE--Effective immediately, SJSU no longer requires F-1 students to authorize their on-campus employment. Previously, F-1 students were required to obtain formal work authorization for on-campus employment via ISSS and HR (Human Resources). Students will no longer be required to go through this process. Per federal regulations governing F-1 students, it is not a requirement to obtain work authorization for on-campus employment. However, if F-1 students need to apply for a social security number for their on-campus employment, ISSS can provide a SSN confirmation letter to assist them with this process. 
    Therefore, if you are an F-1 student and you get a job on-campus, you will only have to apply for a social security number and undergo the I-9 process with Human Resources.