International Services (IS) provides primarily US 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. International Services is responsible for the University's compliance with US federal regulations which pertain to non-immigrant students and employees.
More specifically, IS serves as the final phase of the clearance of international applicants by determining their compliance with University and/or US government regulations, laws and policies, and their ability to finance their program of study or research at LSU. 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.
IS prepares all documents necessary for international students, faculty and staff sponsored by the University (F-, J-, H-, E-, TN- or O-), as well as providing advising, to achieve and/or maintain proper non-immigrant status in the US (for those visa categories sponsored by the University). It conducts orientation programs for all new international students, scholars and employees. All non-immigrant students seeking permission to work on or off campus must receive approval and/or recommendation required for authorization from this office. IS facilitates fee bill contracts with LSU Bursar Operations for students who have a financial sponsoring organization.
IS meets federal regulation compliance requirements by reporting to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) on all F- and J- visa status holders enrolled at LSU. International students in F-1 and J-1 visa status are automatically charged a mandatory $50 International Student Service Charge (ISSC) for each semester of registration (excluding intersessions) for maintenance of full federal US 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. International Services is responsible for determining the acceptability of insurance plans submitted by students as alternatives to the LSU insurance plan. This process impacts whether an international student/scholar is charged for LSU health insurance.
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.