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.
ISP Leader Application now live!
The application to be an ISP Leader for ISP 2023 is now open! Interested students are welcome to apply to help guide the Class of 2027 international students through their first days on campus and in the US. Applications are due by Sunday, March 12th at 11:59pm.
Family Travel for Graduation
For most students, your family will not need anything from us in order to apply for a tourist visa to attend graduation. However, if your family members are being asked by their consulate/embassy for an invitation letter for graduation, please see the instructions on the Travel section of our website!
Need a new I-20 or a Travel Signature?
If you are traveling internationally, you need to have a travel signature on your I-20 that is less than 12 months old when you return to the U.S.
Bring your I-20 to the ISSO and get it signed while you wait if you are still on campus. If you are off-campus, you can complete this Google Form, and we’ll email your new I-20 to you!
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.
Throughout the year, we aim to:
- Advise and assist students through the complexities of the U.S. immigration, visa and travel regulations, both prior to their arrival and throughout their stay at Smith.
- Assess the needs of international students and facilitate their smooth transition to life at Smith and the U.S. Conduct programs and workshops on various topics throughout the year.
- Act as a liaison and an advocate with governmental agencies and various college offices. Maintain links with departments and various college offices who work with international students.