International Student Services

Processing Times for ISSS Requests:

Submitted requests in MyISSS take up to 3 weeks to be reviewed and processed. Additional time may be needed for errors, clarification, or complexities of the request. We cannot expedite or “rush” requests. Plan ahead to allow 3 weeks for processing.  

Emails with most commonly asked questions will receive a response within a week. Advising or more complex questions will be routed to an advisor and can take longer based on the complexities of the questions.  

The UW is home to over 8,000 international students representing more than 100 countries. ISS staff advises international students with F-1 or J-1 visas who are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

International Student Services helps:

  • provide guidance on maintaining F-1 or J-1 immigration status while attending the UW
  • process F-1 and J-1 immigration benefits
  • navigate university policy and understand F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions
  • ensure university and student compliance with immigration policies
  • provide educational tools, including workshops and tutorials

Note: International student advisors are not attorneys and are unable to provide legal advice.

Employment After Studying

Off-Campus Work and Internships


Tax-related info for students on F-1 and J-1 visa

DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is of a general nature and not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual. The content is written with care, but may not be comprehensive or up-to-date. UW ISS is not responsible for content found through external links. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to maintain legal status in the U.S. at all times and to comply fully with University policies and procedures.