One of the primary purposes of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is to advise F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars regarding their visa status. It is important that you understand the rules governing your status, so that you can take the proper steps to maintain status.
We understand that the immigration regulations can be complex and confusing. We are here to help you navigate through them. Many of your immigration-related questions can be answered by reading through the information found on this website. You can also contact ISSS with any questions or visit us during walk-in hours.
International students are often targeted by scammers who will threaten deportation or arrest. Please be aware of scams that are occurring throughout the year and take appropriate action to protect yourself.
If you are contacted by someone claiming that you will be arrested or deported unless you give them money or personal information such as your birth date, Social Security Number (SSN), bank account number, credit card number, etc. you have most likely been targeted by a scammer. A U.S. government agency, such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, DHS, ICE, USCIS, etc., would NEVER contact you in this way.
Use caution when sharing secure information with other individuals. Information such as social security number, tax forms and direct deposit information should only be shared with reputable tax preparers. This information should be sent using a secure form of transmission, which typically does not include email communication.