The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) advises and assists students through the complexities of U.S. immigration and visa and travel regulations, both prior to their arrival and throughout their stay at Smith. We assess the needs of international students and professors and facilitate their smooth transition to life at Smith and within the United States. Our office conducts programs and workshops on various topics throughout the year, and we act as a liaison and an advocate with governmental agencies and various college offices.
Visa and Immigration Issues
For details on Suspension of Routine U.S. Visa Services Worldwide; Continuity of F-1 Status during COVID-19; COVID-19 Travel Bans; Other Travel Restrictions; Public Charge Rule Change; and Unlawful Presence Memo Update, please visit the ISSO News & Announcements page.
For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.
Updating Your OPT Information
If you need to update your OPT information, see the Graduated Students section.
Beware of Phone Scams
Every year college students are the target of a variety of fraudulent phone and email scams. All students should remain cautious and wary of suspicious communications. Remember that no U.S. government agency will contact you by phone regarding money you owe or problems with your visa. The same is true for most international governments. For more information, see the ISSO News & Announcements page.
125 Wright Hall
Northampton, MA USA
Open office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30–4 p.m.