Welcome to ISSS!

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Unit/Staff advises international students with F-1 and J-1 visas who are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree, as well as, Non-degree programs at Florida A&M University. ISSS also manages and advises the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for Research Scholars who conduct research and Professors who teach/lecture.


International Student & Scholar Services Helps:

  • provide guidance on maintaining F-1 or J-1 immigration status 
  • process F-1 and J-1 immigration benefits
  • navigate university policies and understand F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions
  • ensure university and student compliance with immigration policies
  • provide educational tools, including employment workshops, new student orientation, pre-arrival information
  • assistance with personal and adjustment problems.
  • tax preparation referrals
  • liaison with sponsoring embassies, government, and agencies


More than 45 countries are represented by F1 International Students and Scholars from around the world, who have come to FAMU!
More than 45 countries are represented by F1 International Students and Scholars from around the world, who have come to FAMU!

ISSS will accept only complete applications for the benefits below.

ISSS processing times

Up to 3 Business Days:

      • Initial I-20 or DS-2019 issuance
      • Certification Signatures on I-20/DS-2019 for travel
      • Edits to I-20/DS-2019 (change in major)
      • Re-Print of I-20/DS-2019 (due to lost or damaged documents)
      • Social Security Number (SSN) Verification Form for On-Campus Employment
      • Transfer Eligibility Form

Up to 5 Business Days:

      • Home Government or Other Organizations Forms
      • I-515A Processing
      • Program extension
      • Academic Training
      • Change to F-1 or J-1 Student Status
Up to 7 Business Days:
      • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
      • Employment Authorization Based on Severe Economic Hardship
      • Employment Authorization for J-2 Dependents
      • Employment Authorization (other than academic training) for J-1 Students
      • Internship with International Organization Employment
      • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
      • Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM Extension
      • Reinstatement to F-1 or J-1 Student Status
International Student and Scholar Advisor is here to assist you but it is your responsibility to maintain your immigration status. You must educate yourself on the regulations that govern your visa status. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in the loss of your legal status and might cause deportation.  International student advisors are not attorneys and are unable to provide legal advice.



Important Forms for ISSS Students & Scholars