International Student & Scholar Services
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Florida Tech has announced that the fall 2021 semester will return to full in-person instruction and operation beginning Monday, August 23, 2021.
For fall 2021 NEW Students (includes brand new students, transfer students, and change of education level students): you are required to arrive at Florida Tech and check in on Monday, August 16, 2021. Be sure that you follow all information sent to you concerning Check-In and Orientation.
For NEW Students who were unable to enter the US, please contact the appropriate admissions office to secure a new I-20 for a future semster - their emails are:
Graduate Admissions: email@example.com
Undergraduate Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in SEVIS-Pending status for fall 2021 can start entering the US no more than 30 days before the start date on the fall 2021 I-20 document. It is important to note that all entry into the US, at any time, is at the discretion of the port of entry officials.
Returning students are expected to return to Florida Tech and be ready to begin classes on Monday, August 23, 2021.
IMPORTANT: A lot of immigration regulations have been temporarily changed due to COVID-19, however the one regulation that has not changed is that those students unable to comply with immigration regulations will have their immigration status terminated.
At this time, the ISSS Office has updated their office procedures for everyone’s safety:
- For general inquiries, please email email@example.com Please be patient in our response.
- All documents for drop-off can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you need a travel signature, please email email@example.com with your full name, student ID, and valid email address. A new document will be processed, signed, and you will receive an email when it is ready for pickup.
- As always, if documents do need to be picked up, it is important to remember to bring your student ID and that only the person whom the document belongs to can pick up the document (this is an immigration regulation)
- Document pick up hours are Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm when the university is open
- Facemasks are required to be worn when in the L3 Harris Commons Building
- Please note that we may need to further adjust our office hours in the future based on new information or directives.
- All appointments are being conducted by either phone or email only. If you have a specific question, please contact:
OPT/STEM OPT/CPT: Lareyne Ellebracht firstname.lastname@example.org
General questions/Program Extensions/Change of Majors: Katie Bumsted email@example.com
Immigration Status and other questions: Jackie Lingner firstname.lastname@example.org
OR CALL: 321-674-8053
International Student And Scholar Services
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) welcomes you to Florida Tech.
The ISSS Office is comprised of people who are professionals in providing the international student services you need to succeed in your academic life. We have extensive training and experience in the interpretion of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations. Services provided include assisting and advising F, J, M, and H-1B visa holders on all immigration matters, including enrollment requirements, travel, employment authorization, visa extensions… to name a few.
International Student Services also offers cultural programs designed to assist you in adjusting to life in the United States and at Florida Tech. These include the International Orientation Program, the International Workshop Video Series (covering topics such as employment, travel and taxes), International Coffee Hours, the Annual International Festival, as well as many others.
ISSS prides itself in providing international students the services you need to be happy and successful at Florida Tech. So, once again welcome. We are grateful you have chosen to come and study with us.
We are located on the third floor of the Harris Commons Building (on the corner of University Blvd and Babcock Street).
Have Your I-20s Signed
Please have your I-20s signed for re-entry prior to travelling. (Please allow 5-7 working days to process your request.)
Documents on a variety of topics which are designed specifically to inform international students and scholars related to their immigration status, as well as other topics and issues of importance.
Join the ISSS List Serve
Get important updates regarding immigration regulations and international life on campus.
The information contained in the ISSS Web site is for the use of the Florida Tech community. Some of the information is very general and some is specific to Florida Tech. Information contained herein should not be used as the sole source of information for making decisions that may affect one's legal status in the U.S. or one's right to study, teach, conduct research or work. Directory lists (for services such as hotels, transportation providers, restaurants, shops, apartments, websites, etc.) appearing on this website are not endorsed by Florida Institute of Technology or the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. The information they contain has not been included for promotional reasons, nor has any information been purposely left out or omitted. Local businesses and the students who use them are welcome to submit suggestions for new directory listings by writing to email@example.com.