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We want to hear from you! We've published our Feedback Form and will include it in all email correspondence. Please help us by providing feedback whenever you're interacting with our office - be that during drop-in advising, emailing with our staff, or after an appointment. The feedback form is available here.


All the students at the University of Washington are Huskies, and we are so glad to welcome you!

The International Student Services office is here to help you learn the immigration rules so that you can complete your academic program. You don’t need to know everything about everything - we're here to help you learn the immigration rules you must follow to be successful.

The ISS website is a great first stop for answering your questions.

Additionally, we're excited to offer real-time advising and help - come meet with ISS staff at our Virtual Front Desk if you have any questions.

If you're joining us in-person this quarter, be sure to share your adventure with your friends and family back home--they are so curious to hear how you’re doing! Contact your parents and other family members to share your UW experience with them.

Good luck this quarter, and be sure to read any emails from us--that’s our main way to get in touch with you.

Go Huskies!

Kim Lovaas
International Student Services


Over the summer, the ISS office will be hosting a series of information sessions to help prepare you for arriving to campus in autumn. We plan to discuss the following topics:
  • travel and National Interest Exceptions (NIE)
  • all about your I-20 - for new students and students who will be traveling to the UW for the first time
  • the vaccination requirement & planning for autumn quarter
We've also created a form to collect your questions - we will be welcoming live questions during the information session, but welcome you to send your questions to us ahead of time.

The next information session is Friday, June 25th at 9 AM PDT.


  • If summer quarter will be your first quarter in the United States, you must be enrolled in an in-person course. Review the time schedule or reach out to your department for more information about finding an in-person course.
  • If you are planning to travel during the summer, be sure to review your travel signature validity. We expect that many students will need an updated travel signature over the summer or in preparation for autumn quarter, so please plan ahead.
We're continuing to work on deferral I-20s for students who have not yet traveled to the U.S. If you still have not requested your deferred I-20 for Summer 2021 or Autumn 2021, do so using our deferral form. If you were admitted for Autumn 2020 as a transfer student or a student changing to a higher degree level, there will be additional delays in processing your request. We are unable to manually make changes to transfer and changes of education level I-20s and must work with the government help desk, the SEVP Response Center, for technical assistance with these requests. We appreciate your patience as we work on these records! If you have questions or concerns, please contact us!


The UW will require that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please review our blog post about autumn 21 planning and COVID vaccination requirement for more information.

The U.S. State Department updated it’s National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland on May 27, 2021. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if you are not sure whether you qualify for an NIE exemption.

The April 30, 2021 Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019 extends National Interest Exceptions (NIE) to students whose presence in India, China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa may otherwise subject them to travel suspensions. Students with valid F visas who will begin or continue an academic program on August 1, 2021 will be automatically granted the NIE and may travel to the United States up to 30 days before the program start date on their Form I-20.


  • Event Series: ISS Information Session: Planning for Autumn 2021
    Join ISS staff and campus partners for a live Q&A session.
    We will address common questions about returning to campus (or coming to campus for the first time!), national interest exceptions, requesting your I-20, and more.
    Participants can submit questions ahead of time using our question form.
  • Summer quarter registration and tuition deadlines
    • Please review the academic calendar for a complete list of all relevant deadlines
    • Register for classes before the late registration period begins on July 5th - during the late registration period, a $75 fee will be assessed for first time registrants.
    • Make changes (add/drop) by June 25th - the last day to withdraw without owing tuition or fees. A $20 fee will be assessed for late adds or drops beginning June 28th.
    • Pay tuition no later than July 9.
  • CIRCLE Event: International Student Panel - How to Apply for Fellowships for Graduate Study - June 30, 2021 6-7 PM
    • WHAT: A panel of five to six UW awardees describe their experiences and offer tips on applying for fellowships as international students. To maximize the benefit you receive from this panel, we recommend reading about the fellowship(s) you want to pursue before you attend the panel session.
      FOR WHO: current graduate/professional students, UW undergrads and alumni planning to pursue graduate study, students who are citizens of countries other than the U.S.
      APPLICATION DEADLINES: Deadlines to apply for these fellowships are between October 2021-May 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.
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Virtual Front Desk - Summer 2021

Need more information? We offer on-demand and live resources to help answer your questions! Let us know how we're doing by filling out our feedback form.

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