International Student and Scholar Services

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 interpretation 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 first floor of the Harris Commons Building, room 114A (on the corner of University Blvd and Babcock Street).

Is Your I-20 Ready for Travel -
In order to re-enter the US after traveling, you must have the following: a valid passport, a valid visa, an immigration document I-20 that indicates "continued attendance" on page 1 and a valid travel signature on page 2.  If you need an updated I-20, please send your name, student ID number, and indicate your traveling date in an email to  Immigration is now allowing scanned I-20's to be sent to students. Please allow 5-7 working days to process your request.  If you are on OPT/STEM, you should also carry a letter from your employer (on company letterhead and signed) indicating you are traveling and are returning to the US to "resume employment".


  1. A travel signature on page 2 of your I-20 is valid for 1 year from that date signed (6 months for students who are on OPT/STEM)
  2. You are required to print out the I-20 and sign the bottom of page 1. Immigration is not allowing you to show your I-20 on your phone or other device to enter the US.  It is advisable to print out the I-20 in color.
  3. Entry into the US is always at the discretion of the port of entry officials.

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. 

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

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