About ISSS

ISSS Team sitting and posing for a group photo

Who We Serve

International Students: non-immigrant visa holders, asylees, and refugees participating in an academic, language training, or educational exchange program at USF including:

  • Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree students at USF’s Main Campus and additional campus locations
  • Participants in the Jesuit Educational Exchange Program (JEEP)
  • Non-credit, non-degree course participants
  • Foreign students currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States, but who are pursuing an internship in the U.S. that will fulfill their degree requirements at their home institution

ISSS provides document processing and advising services to prospective, current, and alumni international students and their representatives.

International Scholars: Foreign nationals who have been invited to USF to lecture, teach, observe, consult, train, conduct research and/or demonstrate special skills.  International scholars may be employed by the university, e.g. teaching a course, or they may be just visiting the campus with the status of Special Affiliates.

USF Community:  ISSS provides information and support services to other campus departments and stakeholders who are involved with recruiting, admitting, teaching, housing, counseling, and/or providing services to international students, scholars and visitors.

ISSS Services and Programs

  • Immigration document processing and advising
  • Advising on personal adjustment/cross-cultural matters
  • International Student Orientation (ISO) programs (Fall/Spring/Summer)
  • Advisor for the USF International Student Association (ISA)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization for F-1 students
  • H-1B Visas & Green Cards
  • U.S. tax filing requirements for nonresidents
  • Job Success Series (co-sponsored with the Career Services Center)
  • International Education Week (IEW)
  • Referrals/advocacy efforts on behalf of international students and scholars to on- and off-campus services providers, including:
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of State (DOS)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Access to nonresident federal tax form preparation software