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International Student and Scholar Services

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The International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) is the first resource to contact whenever you need assistance or information during your stay in the United States and at St. John’s University. We are here to help; think of us as your “home away from home.”

The ISSSO assists international students and scholars with every aspect of life and learning in the US, whether it is applying for a US visa or a New York State driver’s license, or getting an I-20 or DS-2019.

The office’s mission is to facilitate compliance with federal regulations that govern the immigration status of international students and scholars at St. John’s University and enhance their experience in the United States.

Prospective Students and Scholars

Applying for Your Student Visa
Arriving F-1 and J-1 Students
Certifications and Credentials
Immunization and Medical

Prospective J-1 student: After applying to St. John’s University, the Office of Global Programs will work with you on your DS-2019 request. Please wait to receive communication from their office.  

Prospective J-1 scholar: Please ensure that your sponsoring academic department at St. John’s University e-mails the ISSSO at [email protected] with your full name, e-mail, date of birth, and gender.  Once this is done, we will send you instructions on applying for your DS-2019 through the integrated site.

Accepted Students and Scholars

Accepted F-1 or J-1 students who have been issued an I-20/DS-2019 and current International students and scholars can log into an individualized profile through our integrated Terra Dotta Software website found at https://iss.stjohns.edu

You can complete several paperless tasks (e.g., checking in with the ISSSO, applying for an I-20 extension, work authorization, travel endorsement, and more). The site also explains how to maintain your F-1 and J-1 status and how to apply for a New York State driver’s license and a social security number, as well as offers other valuable information.

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Office of International Student and Scholar Services
St. John's University
St. Vincent Hall, Room B19
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, New York 11439

Phone: 718-990-6083
Fax: 718-990-2070
[email protected]

Schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor at stjohns.edu/issso.