Coronavirus Information -- Florida Tech Plan

October 26, 2021: This webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check it frequently for important updates. In addition. Florida Tech is closely monitoring the ever-changing information concerning the Coronavirus. Please be sure to follow important university updates.

We are currently awaiting official word concerning spring 2022. It is the university's intention to return to full in-person instruction and operation beginning Monday, January 10, 2022.

For spring 2022 NEW Students (includes brand new students, transfer students, and change of education level students): be sure that you follow all information sent to you concerning Check-In and Orientation.

Students in "Initial" status for spring 2022 can start entering the US no more than 30 days before the start date on the spring 2022 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, January 10, 2022.

IMPORTANT: Several 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  Please be patient in our response.
  • All documents normally dropped-off for processing can be emailed to
  • If you need a travel signature, please email  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)
  • Office Hours and document pick up hours are Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm when the university is open
  • Facemasks are required to be worn when in the L3 Harris Commons Building at this time
  • 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, zoom or email only. If you have a specific question, please contact: 

OPT/STEM OPT/CPT: Lareyne Alvarez

Immigration Status and other questions: Jackie Lingner

Phone: 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 traveling. (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. 

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