Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS)

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Please note that due to the current health crisis COVID-19, OISS Rutgers University - Newark is only offering remote advising via email, phone appointments, and virtual appointments. The OISS at 175 University Avenue in Conklin Hall is CLOSED and NOT open for walk-in advising/appointments at this time.


  1. Travel precautions from the CDC
  2. Homeland bans and travel warnings
    Gentle Reminder:Valid Passport, Valid Visa, Current I-20 with valid signature (for students already enrolled but returned to their home country due to the pandemic)

The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) in Rutgers University – Newark serves more than 1,700 international students, scholars and their dependents from more than 70 countries. 


The Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISS) is the primary resource center, striving always for excellence in service to the international community of Rutgers University - Newark.


•    Advise F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors on compliance with immigration laws and regulations to maintain legal status; 
•    Provide support to international students and scholars through orientation programs, cultural & social events and services in collaboration with other University units;
•    Assist University offices and academic departments in their international initiatives and help nurturing growth of international programs; 
•    Ensure institutional compliance to immigration regulations governing enrollment of F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors; serves as liaison with state and federal agencies concerning F-1/J-1 regulatory issues.

OISS Walk-In Hours:

* No appointment necessary. Walk-in to submit/collect requests. *
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

OISS Advising Hours:

* No appointment necessary to speak to an advisor. *
Monday: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Wednesday: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

Location: Rutgers University - Newark, Conklin Hall, Room 216


Beginning January 21, 2020

Email Inquiries:

All student inquiries must be sent to A member of the OISS staff will respond to your email within 3-5 business days. Please assist OISS staff by only sending inquiries to Please do not send duplicate/follow-up emails to individual OISS staff members, as that will slow overall processing times and cause delays! Duplicate emails and follow-up emails will not receive a response.

Processing Times:

Due to an increasingly large volume of applications, please be aware that the OISS average processing time for all successfully complete and accurate requests is currently a minimum of 10 business days, and we will process all requests in the order that they are received. Additional time will be added to applications that require updated/corrected documentation. Requests for expediting will only be considered in cases where the OISS determines that a student is at risk of losing legal status. Plan the submission of your requests accordingly with the minimum 10 business day timeline!  





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