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International Students

International Graduate Student Services in the Graduate School provide immigration services to the nearly 1900 international graduate students enrolled in Blacksburg. Immigration advisors in the National Capital Region are also available to assist nearly 200 international students on that campus. We help students maintain their legal F-1/J-1 status in the U.S. and maximize the benefits their status affords.

Applying to Virginia Tech 

International applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow for immigration processes and travel to the U.S.  Allow at least 4 month receiving your I-20/DS-2019, visa application and travel.

Guide for New International Students

Learn how to get your immigration form (I-20/DS-2019), prepare to come to the U.S., and get started as a student after you arrive. 


Explore the employment options available to you at various stages in your student visa status.






Immigration Services

As of July 1, 2020, International Graduate Student Services (IGSS) will become part of Cranwell International Center. All international student services, including immigration advising and services, for both undergraduate and graduate international students will be provided through Cranwell International Center. The IGSS website will remain the source of immigration information for international graduate students until it can be integrated into the Cranwell International Center website.

Request Forms    

Find all the necessary forms and information to request immigration benefits. Some forms are dowloadable in paper form; some are available as an e-form in the IntlHokies portal.

Orientation for New International Students

Understand the basic rights and responsibilities that come with your student visa status, and know when to come to IGSS for assistance.