International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) cultivates a supportive and inclusive community by centralizing immigration advising resources and co-curricular support programming for F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars. We are committed to the success and well-being of SJSU’s international community and strive to enhance the student and scholar educational and social experiences throughout their time at SJSU and beyond.
Immigration Guidelines for the 2023-2024 academic year
Effective May 11, 2023, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) ended its Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidance, consistent with the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, following the end of the COVID-19 National Emergency on April 10, 2023.
Although SEVP’s COVID-19 guidance is terminated as of May 11, 2023, active F-1 students will be able to complete the 2022-23 academic year under the COVID-19 flexibilities through the 2023 summer semester. For the 2023-2024 academic year, regulations will revert back to pre-COVID, requiring enrollment in in-person courses with the exception of one online course per semester. ISSS will post more thorough guidance in the coming weeks.
For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders About COVID-19.
As of May 12, 2023, nonimmigrants traveling to the United States no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight. For more information, please refer to the CDC travel guidance.
News & Updates
On March 6, 2023 USCIS announced Premium Processing; New Online-Filing Procedures for Certain F-1 Student Seeking OPT or OPT OPT Extensions. Please see the following employment pages for more information: Pre-Completion OPT, Post-Completion OPT , STEM OPT.
- In-Person & Zoom Advising Appointments -Drop by during walk-in advising (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10am-12pm and 2-4:30pm or schedule a virtual advising appointment with an international student advisor. Learn more about the exact schedule by going HERE.
- In-Person & Zoom Front Desk Q/A - Have a quick question? Join our Front Desk Q/A! Either walk in for in-person advising or join the front desk Q/A zoom session, Monday through Friday. The detailed schedule is available HERE. If your question is brief, please choose this option rather than booking an appointment.