Student Services and Resources
The International Scholar Office (ISO) serves about 2,400 international scholars annually. ISO provides assistance to academic departments and organized research units in their efforts to recruit, employ, and serve international faculty, researchers, and postdoctoral fellows. ISO advises academic departments with their plans to hire and retain international employees and scholars. ISO prepares visa application documents and petitions for a variety of nonimmigrant visa statuses and permanent residence for approval by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The International Scholar Office also offers services such as orientation, SEVIS registration, one-on-one advising, support services for complying with various nonimmigrant and immigrant statuses, support in applying for visas, employment authorization, international travel, health insurance, and general advising regarding immigration or personal issues. In addition, ISO provides advising and application support for Social Security numbers, California state driver’s licenses, and nonresident tax returns, as well as various immigration services and benefits. In conjunction with the other International Center offices, ISO offers cross-cultural programming, events, and activities for international scholars to integrate and to enrich the campus and local community.