University of Washington International Student Services (ISS)

at 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Schmitz Hall 459, Seattle, 98195 United States

We provide visa and immigration advising to international students who are at the UW on an F or J student visa.

University of Washington International Student Services (ISS)
1410 NE Campus Parkway, Schmitz Hall 459
Seattle , WA 98195
United States
Contact Phone
P: (206) 221-7857


The ISS advising staff are professionally trained individuals who understand the needs of this diverse population and provide knowledgeable and empathetic advice on their rights and responsibilities as international students. We can help students and staff to understand the interaction of federal regulations and University policies and to help resolve conflicts which may occur, minimizing the potential risks to both students and the University. We take our responsibilities seriously to ensure the University’s compliance with immigration laws. Although we can exercise discretion in the interpretation of immigration regulations, we do not bend or ignore the law, rather, we strive to provide consistent and unbiased support to all international students.

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This is another reminder that ISS will be CLOSED TODAY (Friday, 11/7) from 10am-1pm for an all-staff mandatory meeting. Please plan your visit accordingly, and visit our website for a lot of useful information!

Published on 2014-11-07 16:36:38 GMT

Drop-in advising today will only be from 11am-3pm!

Published on 2014-10-17 15:05:47 GMT

Want to learn more about obtaining permission to work off campus in a paid internship related to your major? Come to the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) workshop today at 3:30pm! Sign in at the ISS Front Desk. See you there!

Published on 2014-10-16 15:15:19 GMT

Our first employment workshop is TODAY at 3:30pm! If you want an overview of all the different employment options as an F-1 student, come to the ISS front desk to sign in!

Published on 2014-10-06 17:45:15 GMT

We have an Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop TODAY for graduating students who want to learn more about obtaining permission to work off-campus after graduation. Sign in starts at 3pm at the ISS Front Desk, and the workshop starts at 3:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Published on 2014-11-24 18:35:08 GMT

If you are interested in learning about employment opportunities on an F-1 visa, come to the Employment Overview Workshop TODAY at 3:30pm! Sign in begins at 3pm at the ISS Front Desk.

Published on 2014-11-06 17:07:51 GMT

Office Closure: ISS will be closed from 10am-1pm on Friday, November 7 for a mandatory all-staff meeting. The office will be open from 1pm-4pm on Friday for drop-in advising and document pick up and drop off.

Published on 2014-11-05 23:32:05 GMT

We have our Final Year Workshop today! It starts at 2:30pm, so come by the ISS Front Desk to sign in at 2pm. This is a great workshop to go to if you are graduating soon!

Published on 2014-11-04 20:13:23 GMT

We have a lot of students asking about OPT - employment after graduation. We have an OPT workshop TODAY at 3:30pm! Sign in at the ISS front desk starting at 3pm.

Published on 2014-10-21 16:43:53 GMT

Who enjoyed the warm and sunny weather yesterday!? Now, back to the clouds and rain. We have another employment workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 21. If you are interested in learning about working after graduation, come to the OPT workshop at 3:30pm! Sign in at the ISS Front Desk.

Published on 2014-10-20 16:22:30 GMT

Your favorite adviser, Kathy Wong will go on her well-deserved vacation for 2 weeks starting July 3. She will be back in the office on Monday July 20. If you have something to discuss with her in particular, please be sure to drop by before July 3.

Published on 2015-06-29 22:44:26 GMT

Need to talk to an ISS adviser? Our summer drop- in advising will be from 11am-3pm. Our front desk will be open from 10am-4pm.

Published on 2015-06-19 17:59:20 GMT

Good Morning students! Today's advisers on duty are: Sean Rogers from 10am-12pm Leana de la Torre from 12pm-2pm Kathy Wong from 2pm-4pm Good luck with finals everyone!

Published on 2015-06-08 16:11:53 GMT

Leaving the UW for the summer? Please don't remove your local address from your MyUW account-it messes up our data! Simply change your mailing preferences to have mail sent to your permanent address.

Published on 2015-06-03 21:47:34 GMT

Don't forget! Workshop today: OPT (Optional Practical Training.) Check in at the ISS front desk-the workshop starts at 3:30 pm. This is the last workshop during Spring Quarter!

Published on 2015-05-19 16:59:51 GMT

Hi all, please note that on next Thursday, May 21st, drop-in advising will end at 3pm. If you wish to visit, please come in before 3pm or we'll see you on Friday the 22nd. Thanks!

Published on 2015-05-13 15:33:50 GMT

Happy Monday! Drop in advising is: 10am-12 with Sean 12-2 with Leana 2-4 with Kathy Also don't forget the CPT workshop tomorrow May 12 at 3:30.

Published on 2015-05-11 17:21:19 GMT

Please note: The week of Memorial Day, from May 26-29, drop in advising will be from 11am to 3pm. This will allow advisors to attend a training.

Published on 2015-05-06 04:32:14 GMT

Don't forget: OPT workshop Wednesday, May 6. Check in at the ISS front desk-Schmitz 459.

Published on 2015-05-04 19:00:30 GMT

Attention J-1 Students: This afternoon ISS sent out a survey asking for feedback on your experiences at the UW. We have used Catalyst which will require you to sign in using your UW NetID. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to do it!

Published on 2015-04-30 21:13:32 GMT

Reminder: there is no drop-in advising, today, Monday, for OPT processing. The front desk is open for document pick up and drop off. Happy Monday!

Published on 2015-03-16 15:17:22 GMT

REMINDER: Drop-in advising hours will be from 11am-3pm during the winter break. The office will still be open from 10am-4pm for document drop off and pick up.

Published on 2014-12-16 15:49:56 GMT

On Thursday, September 4th at 12:30pm in Odegaard 220, the UW libraries and FIUTS will be sponsoring a showing of the documentary "Imported from China." It is a half-hour documentary film that follows individuals from China who are navigating college life in the U.S. We hope to see you there!

Published on 2014-08-27 19:17:13 GMT

This is a reminder that ISS will have no drop-in advising on Monday, August 25 since all advisers will be at the Early Fall Start (EFS) orientation!

Published on 2014-08-22 23:15:07 GMT

Summer quarter is almost done! Good luck on your finals! Remember to obtain a travel signature if you are plan on going home before autumn quarter starts!

Published on 2014-08-21 19:01:59 GMT

Urgent: Phone Scam There are still reports of the phone scammers calling our students. Please do not give over the phone any money to anyone claiming to represent the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). The call may seem legitimate, even appear to come from a U. S. government phone number, but the IRS will never demand money over the phone. The calls can be very frightening and even threaten arrest, but they are not legitimate. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484. If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Published on 2014-08-20 19:15:23 GMT

Remember that the last day to withdraw from Summer quarter (Full-term and B-term) is this Friday, August 15. ISS drop-in advising hours this month is from 11am-3pm if you need to speak to an adviser!

Published on 2014-08-11 16:57:48 GMT

For the month of August, drop-in advising will be from 11am-3pm. So, please plan accordingly. Office hours will remain the same (Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm) for scheduled appointments, document drop off and document pick up. Happy Friday! Today's drop-in advising hours are: 11am-1pm with David 1pm-3pm with Kathy

Published on 2014-08-01 15:11:30 GMT

If you are interested in learning more about getting permission to work off-campus in a paid internship, come to the CPT workshop this afternoon from 3:30-4:30pm! Sign in at the ISS Front Desk!

Published on 2014-07-31 16:03:06 GMT

The clouds and cool air this morning is a nice break from the hot weather! Today's drop-in advising hours are: 10am-12pm with Brad 12pm-2pm with Machelle 2pm-4pm with Kathy

Published on 2014-07-17 15:32:55 GMT

The week is only supposed to get hotter - make sure to stay hydrated! If you are interested in obtaining permission to work off campus after graduation, come to our Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshop TODAY from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Sign in at the ISS Front Desk. See you there!

Published on 2014-07-14 19:19:32 GMT

This is a reminder that the ISS Office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 26, due to a staff retreat, so please plan accordingly. Today's drop-in advising hours are: 10am-12pm with Brad 12pm-2pm with Sean 2pm-4pm with Kathy

Published on 2014-06-26 15:30:32 GMT

ISS will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, for Thanksgiving. If you need to speak with an ISS adviser, submit paperwork, pick up documents, or need a travel signature, please plan accordingly.

Published on 2015-11-20 22:00:09 GMT

Here is the comment ISS just made in support of the OPT STEM rule: We write today in strong support of the proposed rulemaking Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Foreign Students. Training opportunities are a vital component of educational programs, and the STEM rule as proposed would allow nonimmigrant students to pursue the training needed to be skilled and productive members of the global community. Students at the University of Washington have historically found great success in obtaining valuable training opportunities in an already restrictive authorization environment. Failure to publish the rule would have a devastating impact upon our students and limit their future contributions to the US and the world of scientific inquiry. In fact, we recommend that the Designated Degree program list be expanded by allowing STEM OPT extensions for major categories based on the two-digit CIP code rather than the full six-digit CIP code. (An example is 14-Engineering.) It seems arbitrary and difficult to explain when one major is granted the STEM extension while a very similar, related field does not. We also recommend that if the rule is published as a final final rule, that SEVP be tasked with immediately updating SEVIS to accommodate the changes to ensure seamless functionality. University of Washington International Student Services Machelle Allman, PDSO Leana de la Torre, DSO Sean Rogers, DSO David Gerry, DSO Kathy Wong, DSO

Published on 2015-11-17 18:53:32 GMT

If you plan to travel internationally during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend or winter break, get your I-20 travel signature now by submitting your I-20 to the ISS front desk! Do not wait until the last minute! It takes one business day to process all travel signature requests!

Published on 2015-11-17 06:46:22 GMT

ISS will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. If you need to speak with an adviser, submit paperwork, pick up documents, or need a travel signature, please plan accordingly.

Published on 2015-11-09 17:55:47 GMT

ISS will have reduced drop-in advising hours from 10am to 2pm tomorrow Thursday, November 5. We apologize for the short notice. If you wish to talk to an advisor, please plan accordingly.

Published on 2015-11-04 18:29:41 GMT

Are you interested in obtaining permission to work off campus in a job related to your degree? Are you planning to find a paid internship? Consider applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), a form of work authorization for current students. Come and learn who qualifies for CPT as well as how and when to apply. When: Monday, November 9 Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm. Where: Schmitz 459. Please check in at ISS front desk first. Sign up for the workshop begins at 3:00pm.

Published on 2015-11-02 17:44:03 GMT

The ISS Office will be closed on Wednesday, October 28, until 1pm for an Enrollment Management department meeting. We will have reduced drop-in advising hours from 2pm to 4pm only. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Published on 2015-10-19 19:22:38 GMT

ISS is hiring a Student Assistant! This position offers a valuable, hands-on opportunity to learn about and assist international students. Applications must be submitted online through HuskyJobs by October 23! Use ID# 95709 to find the listing!

Published on 2015-10-19 19:17:09 GMT

Interested in employment? Not sure if you are eligible for CPT or how to apply for OPT? Graduating this year? We have several info session coming up in the month of October so please check our website!

Published on 2015-10-13 17:32:38 GMT

International students with ISHIP can get a FREE FLU SHOT available at the Hall Health. No appointment is needed. Check in at the Patient Service Center when you visit the Hall Health!

Published on 2015-10-13 17:24:22 GMT

The deadline for submitting insurance waiver requests to ISS is this Friday, October 16 at 1pm. Please remember that a proof of additional insurance alone is not sufficient for an insurance waiver –you also must be in one of the five waiver categories!

Published on 2015-10-13 17:22:26 GMT

Questions about your health insurance? Lifewise Assurance representatives will be at Hall Health Center from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm this week to answer questions about the International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP). We know U.S. health system can be complicated so come and get all of your questions answered!

Published on 2015-10-06 17:41:58 GMT

Autumn quarter begins this Wednesday, September 30. Keep that in mind if you are still out of town and we will see all of you on campus soon! Don't forget to check out Dawg Daze for cool first week of school events!

Published on 2015-09-28 16:58:11 GMT

UWISS was deeply saddened to hear about the crash on the Aurora Bridge yesterday. We are sorry about the loss of life, and wish all those involved healing and recovery.

Published on 2015-09-25 17:19:21 GMT

Hello new huskies! Hope you are getting settled into your new dorms and apartments. Don't forget to update your Seattle address in your MyUW within 10 days of moving!

Published on 2015-09-21 20:31:31 GMT

Special Opportunity for International Students General Studies 297 section L: How to Succeed in an English Course: An Introduction for International Students, or: What Do We Do When We Do English? 2 Credits, C/NC, Tuesdays 1:30-3:20; SLN 15140 Taught by Prof John Webster and Dr Nancy Sisko, Director of English Dept Advising English is one of the UW’s most popular departments; every year thousands of student take courses in order to read stories of the rich, the poor, the troubled, the happy. Every culture tells its stories, and in these stories are woven our best efforts to make sense of how we live, how we die, how we work, how we succeed. Many international students who have wished to take an English literature class have sometimes hesitated to do so because they don’t know what such classes require, what sort of work is asked, or what kind of learning they will do. In order to help students better understand what English classes do, we are offering in Fall Quarter a 2 credit class that meets just once a week. The class is offered Credit or No Credit, which means there will be no grade—so no risk to your grade point average. We also limit enrollment to keep the class small. Course Goals: Fun while reading literature, and a sense of what English courses do More information can be had from either Prof Webster ( or Dr Sisko ( or calling English Advising at 206 543-2634

Published on 2015-09-11 19:05:10 GMT

There will be no drop-in advising on Wednesday September 16. All the advisors will be out of the office attending orientation events. The office will still be open for document drop off and pick up from 10am – 4pm, Monday through Friday. Please plan accordingly!

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