International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
ISSS Mission Statement: As a central resource for international students and scholars, we: advise individuals and the institution on F & J immigration regulations; provide support during the U.S. academic, social, and cultural adjustment process; and facilitate intercultural learning across campus.
We focus on:
- Immigration: Visa process and rules for maintaining lawful student/scholar status in the U.S.
- Employment: Securing required authorization for on-campus work and off-campus training
- Living in U.S.: Social Security number, driver’s license, taxes, family resources
- Academic/Social Adjustment: Transition to life at Babson and in the U.S.
- Cross-Cultural Awareness: Trainings and programs to help others develop a global mindset
- Cultural Student Groups: Supporting events and efforts to educate the Babson community
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
August 7, 2015
Visa Processing Delays
ISSS has been informed that US embassies and consulates will not be processing any visas today and Monday, August 10th. It is reported that this is due to database maintenance. We are hopeful that the Bureau of Consular Affairs will be up and running by Tuesday, August 11th. If you have been affected by this you should plan on contacting your local US embassy or consulate Tuesday morning to reschedule your appointment. We will update this page with any new or relevant information regarding this newest development.
July 2, 2015
Visa Backlog Resolved
All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are now back online. The
State Department reports that is scheduling visa interviews and issuing
nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. More
than 410,000 nonimmigrant visas were issued from June 21 through June 29.
Consular staff worked through the weekend to diminish our backlog, the bulk of
which has now been cleared.
June 24, 2015
Visa Issuance Delays
U.S. Embassies are currently experiencing wide-spread technical problems leading to delays in visa issuance. The Department of State is working to address
these technical issues. The Glavin Office is aware of this issue and is sympathetic to any inconveniences caused by it. We are hoping that the Department
of State will resolve this issue and the system will be fully functional soon.
For the most up-to-date information, click here
June 23, 2015
SEVIS Upgrade and Outage
Due to scheduled upgrades, SEVIS will be unavailable between 8:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, June 26, 2015, through 8:00 pm (Eastern Standard
Time) on Sunday, June 28, 2015. We anticipate that the outage may actually continue through Monday, June 29, 2015.
There may be a delay or lack of availability for the below services during the outage. Be sure to make the necessary arrangements to complete these
processes before or after the June SEVIS outage.
Redesigned Form I-20
As part of the June 2015 SEVIS upgrade, the Form I-20 (F-1 Certificate of Eligibility) is being redesigned. All F-1 students (and F-2 dependents) are
required to possess an updated Form I-20 by July 1, 2016. As such, the ISSS team will systematically re-issue I-20s throughout the coming year. More
details to follow.
Walk-In Advising (no appointment needed)
Mondays/Wednesdays: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 10 a.m.-Noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Olin Hall Cafe (co-advising with graduate CCD)
Wednesdays: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Schedule a 30-minute appointment with an advisor at least one day in advance.