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About the ISO

The International Services Office is part of the Office for Global Engagement and provides services to international students, scholars, employees and other visitors to the University of Rochester, as well as the administrators and departments that support them. The ISO is responsible for issuing visa documents, advising on relevant immigration matters, and meeting U.S. reporting requirements. The office also serves as an information resource to assist internationals in adjusting to the United States, the University, and the Rochester community.

The ISO provides immigration sponsorship for over 2350 international students, 480 international scholars and employees, and their dependent spouses and children. Additionally, the ISO assists other foreign nationals at the University who may not require UR visa sponsorship to pursue their program or activities here. More than 100 countries are currently represented in the University's international community. For more information, please ask about our most recent ISO Statistical Report (generated each fall). For more information about national and regional trends within international education, you can also access the Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors report or the National Association for Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Economic Value tool.


ISO Mission Statement

"The International Services Office provides immigration and related support services for the University's international populations and the academic units and departments that sponsor them. The office focuses on helping individuals in reaching their educational and professional goals, while maintaining compliance for the University. The ISO accomplishes these goals by promoting effective communication of immigration regulations, maintaining appropriate staff training, and implementing methods for the collection, analysis, and reporting of required information. These are supported through the office's identity as a primary immigration resource for both legal and cultural needs."