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ISO Student & Scholar Services

The International Services Office assists a growing international population at the University of Rochester, each coming to learn, research, teach, and more! Given the complexities and specific permissions of different groups, the ISO offers specialized staff and resources to better support the needs of these individuals, their families, and departments. The office remains coordinated in many respects, but distinguishes between Student Services and Scholar Services for most immigration processing and communication efforts.

Please see our explanations below, especially if you are curious how to contact the appropriate ISO staff members.


ISO Student Services                              

To assist nonimmigrant students who will enroll full-time or otherwise pursue specific academic objectives, with or without matriculation to a UR degree program. Non-UR sponsored students from Fulbright and other organizations are also supported. International students must first apply and be admitted to their desired program, prior to working directly with ISO Student Services on their immigration needs. Our staff also assists UR admitting departments with planning and information to bring foreign students to their programs. Supported immigration categories under ISO Student Services include:

  • F-1 Students
  • J-1 Exchange Visitors (Student - Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors, and Non-Degree)
  • F-2 and J-2 dependents


ISO Scholar Services                             

To assist temporary nonimmigrant workers who will be engage in authorized employment or self-sponsored research activities at the University. Depending on the permissions of their immigration category, these individuals may teach, lecture, observe, research, consult, provide clinical/medical services, or provide some other professional function. Common positions include instructor, professor, a postdoctoral appointment, administrator, physician or dentist in a fellow, resident, or attending position, as well as certain other specialty occupation positions. Our staff also assists University hiring departments or other administration offices who intend to host international visitors for professional development purposes. Supported immigration categories under ISO Scholar Services include:

  • J-1 Exchange Visitors (Research Scholar, Professor, Short-term Scholar, Student Intern)
  • H-1B Temporary Workers in Speciality Occupations
  • TN Workers from Canada
  • O-1 Workers of Extraordinary Ability
  • Eligible Permanent Residency applicants
  • J-2, H-4, TD-1, and O-3 dependents