ISSS Immigration Reminders for the Start of Fall Term

Welcome to the fall 2020 academic semester at SJSU! We wanted to share immigration information with you, as we start the fall semester.

If you are in the US studying at SJSU, please keep in mind the following:

Advising Appointments: Have questions regarding your F-1 status – then schedule an appointment to meet with an ISSS Advisor. 

Academic Advisor vs. International Student Advisor: Please remember that ISSS Advisors cannot advise on course enrollment queries or department-specific eligibility requirements for certain courses. An Academic/Major Advisor should be able to address these questions. However, International Student Advisors can discuss the specific rules that pertain to F-1 students’ immigration status in terms of full-time course enrollment, online vs. in-person vs. hybrid courses, and concurrent enrollment/RCL possibilities.

Employment: You are eligible to work on-campus in F-1 status without getting ISSS authorization. Make plans to attend the F-1 Employment Workshop on September 2nd or September 30th, to learn more about employment options for F-1 students (on-campus, CPT, OPT). ISSS Webpage for Calendar

Completing your program at the end of Fall 2020: Review the OPT tutorial and make plans to attend a Fall 2020 Post OPT workshop. ISSS calendar has been updated.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for International Students:

*FAQ for Continuing Students

*FAQs for New/Initial Students (Fall 2020)

First Semester at SJSU: If you are in the US, then complete the required immigration document upload.

Full-time enrollment: You are required to be enrolled full-time. 12 credits for undergrads and 9 credits for graduate students. Last day for add/drop is September 8th.

I-94 Record: Did you travel outside the US this summer? Check your I-94, to see that your record shows your most recent entrance into the US, as well as F-1 visa status and admit until date of D/S (duration of status). If there are any issues, email ISSS

Know your I-20 end date: We recommend that you schedule an appointment with an ISSS Advisor 1-2 semesters before you plan on completing your degree, to discuss options after graduation.

Travel Signatures:Travel signatures are valid for one year on your I-20. Starting September 15th, we will start to accept travel signature requests. Please submit the Travel Signature Request form.


Students Who Have Graduated from SJSU and are now on post-completion OPT: Know your reporting requirements of updating your SEVP portal within 10 days of a change in living address, and/or employment.


Students Who Have Graduated from SJSU and are now on STEM OPT: Know your reporting requirements of updating ISSS via the Employment Update Report, within 10 days of a change in living address, and/or employment plus 6 month validation reports. 

Welcome to our new blog!

ISSS Welcome Blog

It is with great pleasure that we present the brand-new ISSS News & Views blog! This blog will officially replace the ISSS monthly Newsletter, which we have been proudly distributing to international students, staff, and faculty at the beginning of each month for several years. We decided to transition to a blog format to create a much more interactive and holistic experience for students, in which different themes/topics from previous blogs will be categorized into easily searchable tags. Moreover, by transitioning to a blog format, we intend to be more consistent with the rest of the university community, as most departments and offices at SJSU are currently utilizing blogs as their primary source of news and updates. 

The blog will be distributed directly to international students as well as staff and faculty emails on a bi-weekly basis, which will then be archived and available on our website indefinitely.


How to Subscribe & Blog Content

To subscribe to our blog, please go here. Blog topics will include culture, news, immigration/policy updates, and general topics relevant to our international student population. We will also include local restaurant and event recommendations from the ISSS staff!


 Student/Faculty/Staff Spotlight

We are excited to announce that in addition to the ISSS News & Views Blog, we will be introducing the monthly Student/Scholar/Faculty/Staff Spotlight to highlight the academic/civic achievements and diversity of our vast Global Spartan community! Our featured “Spotlight” could be any Global Spartan or perhaps an SJSU faculty or staff member. 


Our Mission

During these unprecedented and difficult times, we are happy to increase our efforts to support the large international community that we serve and to provide our students with as many helpful resources as possible. At SJSU, we are immensely proud of our diversity and the countless invaluable contributions that international students have bestowed on our culture, economy, and values as a community. 


The ISSS Staff