International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO)
- 302 Student Service Center 1
Email: Againes@uh.edu, Website: www.issso.uh.edu
The ISSSO is the main resource center for all international students by providing special services related to their status as noncitizens of the United States. The ISSSO assists F-l and J-l visa students in processing the Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) notifications for transfer from other U.S. universities, in maintaining legal status with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State, in authorizing I-20 or DS-2019 extensions, in applying for changes in visa status, reinstatement to legal status, in reentering the country after short trips abroad, in securing work permission, curricular practical training, optional practical training, or academic training authorization. ISSSO assists international students in documenting enrollment status for their respective foreign governments, and in facilitating the transfer of U.S. currency from foreign banks.
All nonimmigrant visa students may apply to the ISSSO for financial assistance through TPEG awards and scholarship programs.
All new international students are required to report to the ISSSO prior to enrollment to have their passports and immigration documents checked for legal status, to receive special services related to the enrollment process and to attend the orientation program for international students.
The ISSSO also offers other special services including counseling and advising on problems uniquely related to international students and provides opportunities for international students to enhance their social and cultural education by establishing close relationships with U.S. families.