International Services (IS) provides immigration advisory services and assistance for the community of non-immigrant students, scholars and employees that the University sponsors. IS is the primary office responsible for the University's compliance with federal Immigration regulations.

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International Services

International Services (IS) provides primarily immigration advisory services to international students regarding their educational, financial, immigration, personal and social concerns in relation to their status in the US. Similar services are available to international faculty and research scholars. The IS is responsible for the University's compliance with federal regulations which pertain to non-immigrant students and employees.

More specifically, the IS serves as the final phase of the admission of international applicants by determining their compliance with University and/or U.S. government regulations, laws and policies, and their ability to finance their program of study or research at LSU. The IS also determines eligibility for participant’s dependents to receive non-immigrant documentation for F-, J-, H-, E-, TN- or O- visa status sponsored by the University

The IS prepares all documents necessary for international students, faculty and staff sponsored by the university, as well as providing advising, to achieve and/or maintain proper non-immigrant status in the U.S. It conducts orientation programs for all new international students and scholars. All non-immigrant students seeking permission to work on or off campus must receive approval and/or recommendation required for authorization from this office. The IS is responsible for setting up fee bill contracts for students who have a sponsoring organization.

The IS meets federal regulation compliance requirements by reporting to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) on all F- and J- visa holders enrolled at LSU. International students in F-1 and J-1 visa status are charged a mandatory $50 International Student Service Charge (ISSC) for each semester of registration (excluding intersessions) for maintenance of full federal government compliance with the SEVIS reporting system and International Services operations.

LSU requires all non-immigrants on F and J visa status to have acceptable health insurance which meets specific University policy requirements. The IS is responsible for determining the acceptability of insurance plans submitted by students as alternatives to the LSU insurance plan. This process impacts how much or whether an international student/scholar is charged for LSU health insurance.

The IS assists the University's international student services and programs. It serves as liaison to community organizations, faculty and student groups, and governmental and private agencies.

Small (less than $500) short-term emergency loans for international students may be available through this office.