International Graduate Student Services
International Graduate Student Services (IGSS) provides immigration assistance and counseling to over 1600 international graduate students each year. Our two full-time advisors have years of experience working with students and immigration issues. You can find contact information for them by clicking on the Contact Persons link. Follow us on Facebook by searching for Virginia Tech International Graduate Student Services.
IGSS hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. We are located in the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, 155 Otey St., Rooms 112 & 115.
Please review all of the pages on the IGSS site by navigating to International Graduate Student Services in the left toolbar, and then navigating to the links that pop up to the right. The information is provided so that you can review it at any time, even when our offices are closed.
The General Information page is a starting point for basic immigration-related information.
NOTE: Please be aware that your personal and immigration related information is considered private under US Federal privacy laws (FERPA). We cannot discuss your admission application or immigration paperwork or status with anyone UNLESS you give us written permission to talk with someone.
If you are a prospective student, please click on the Application and Pre-Arrival link. This section provides information about the admission application process.
Once you arrive in Blacksburg, you will need to review the information under the link called Maintaining Your Student Status. You are responsible for all of this information.
As you progress toward your degree, you will need to check the link called Academic Issues for things international students need to be aware of.
All of our immigration forms are online for your convenience under the section called Forms.
If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., please read the section called Travel.
If you are interested in working on or off campus, please review the section on Employment. It is critical that you understand employment options and restrictions, because a work violation is extremely serious. You also can review requirements for applying for a Social Security number.
We thank you for your interest in Virginia Tech, and we hope that this information is helpful to you.
SEVIS I 901 Fee
SEVIS II Information
Understanding Visa and Visa Status
Comparison of F1 and J1 Visa
Frequently Asked Questions