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International Student & Scholar Services



Last updated: July 1, 2020: This webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important updates. Please note that this information is constantly evolving and we do not have all the answers at this time.

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Many emails are being sent concerning the fall 2020 semester. Immigration has not yet provided any directives concerning the fall semester for students who are outside of the United States. As soon as directives are received, an email will be sent to all new and returning students.

At this time, the ISSS Office is slowly reopening per the university's plan, but also continues to work remotely.  The ISSS Office will be staffed for document pick-up only as follows:


10am – 1pm


CLOSED – But Working Remotely


10am – 1pm


CLOSED – But Working Remotely


10am – 1pm


At this writing, FALL 2020 is scheduled to return to face-to-face instruction; updates will be provided as necessary.

  • For general inquiries, please email  Please be patient in our response.
  • All documents for drop-off can be scanned to
  • Immigration is currently allowing for electronic signatures on immigration document I-20’s; so, there is no need to come to the office for a signature. If you need a travel signature, please email  with your full name, student ID, and valid email address. The new document will be processed, signed, and scanned back to you
  • 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)
  • 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

Programming questions/Program Extensions/Change of Majors: Debbie Matta

General questions:      Katie Bumsted

Immigration Status and other questions:          Jackie Lingner

OR CALL: 321-674-8053


Next Steps and FAQs for Florida Tech International Students




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).

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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.)

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International Student Resource Guide
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services answers your frequently asked questions.

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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.

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Join the ISSS List Serve
Get important updates regarding immigration regulations and international life on campus. 

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International Dinner Series

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