Welcome to International Student Advising (ISA)

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



  • The employment workshop for 07/21/2016 has been cancelled.
  • On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final 24 Month STEM Extension of OPT rule that will go into effect on May 10, 2016. This 24-month extension effectively replaces the 17-month STEM OPT extension previously available to certain STEM students.

    • More information on the 24 month STEM extension can be found on our OPT page and our forms page.
  • Check out our updated advising hours:
    • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4;
      Wednesdays from 10-1



  • Fraud scheme targets international students- Read about it on USCIS's national blog. USCIS nor the US Government will never ask for personal information or payment over the phone. Most calls seem to be from "911." 911 cannot call you- if they do, it is a scam.
  • Registration for Spring 2016 classes has begun. Check your MySJSU account for your registration start date and time and to register as soon as possible. Also, pay your fees on or before the payment due date. Classes will be dropped if you do not pay on time.
  • You will need  to renew your health insurance coverage for Fall 2015 before you can register for Spring classes. The required university health insurance plan can be purchased online (select: 2015-2016 SJSU-International).  Insurance holds will be removed within 24 hours after purchasing coverage.  
  • ISSS document processing time for all applications is 1-3 weeks.
  • Attendance at an employment workshop is mandatory before you can apply for OPT or CPT.   Employment workshops are Wednesdays from 3:00 PM -4:00 PM and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Clark Hall 543. 
  • Graduate students: check out the GAPE Candidacy and Graduation deadlines