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Admitting International Students

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The OISS's ability to issue I-20s and DS-2019s are based on Tulane University's I-17 (Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student), which designates us as a SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) Certified school.  Regulations require SEVP-certified institutions to report any changes to the Form I-17.  To learn more about this particular process click here. 

Below you will be able to review the training materials and forms for specific information on admitting international students at Tulane.

If the students to be admitted are part of a special group (meaning that the programs do not coincide with the regular academic calendar) please visit the Hosting Special Groups website.

2019 OISS Workshops for Staff and Faculty (Presentations and Handouts)


International Admission and Visa Document Issuance Process Overview:

Departments must allow the OISS at least one week (or longer during peak admissions periods) for the issuance of the immigration document. 

General Requirements for Issuance of Immigration Documents

Admitting departments/schools must have a standardized process for verifying:

  1. Proof of financial support
  2. English language proficiency
  3. Foreign credential verification (degree-seeking students)
  4. Providing clear and accurate estimates of tuition and expenses.


F-1 or J-1 Status: What is the Difference?


Tulane University F-1 Student Admissions 

F-1 Student Banner Instructions

F-1 Dependent Form

F-1 OISS Document Submission Guidelines

F-1 Admissions contact: Belinda Schneider, belinda@tulane.edu

New OISS Policy for Issuing Electronic I-20's for New F-1 Students


Tulane University J-1 Student Admissions

J-1 Student Banner Instructions

J-1 Dependent Form

J-1 Student OISS Document Submission Guidelines

J-1 Admissions contact: Belinda Schneider, belinda@tulane.edu


International Student Orientation and Pre-departure Communications Coordination

All international students will receive a series of pre-departure emails that will support their coming to Tulane University and an in-person orientation.  Beth Nazar, enazar@tulane.edu,  coordinates both of these initiatives.  Please reach out if you have any questions. 

Recent Pre-departure Email Series               OISS Orientation Website



International Student Advising

Tulane has three main advisors to support international students once they arrive at Tulane University.  Areas of advising include but are not limited to: immigration, Tulane resources, cultural adjustment, campus engagement, personal issues, financial concerns, careers, and working in the United States.

General F-1 Advising: Belinda Schneider, belinda@tulane.edu

Career and Work Authorization F-1 Advising: Kabir Hingorani, khingora@tulane.edu

J-1 Advising: Beth Nazar, enazar@tulane.edu


Supporting International Students 

Departments' Role in Supporting Full-time Enrollment Verification

Other Things to Share with OISS

 Please notify the OISS immediately if a student is considering:

  •  Dropping classes
  •  Taking a leave of absence
  •  Withdrawing from Tulane
  •  Studying or conducting research abroad

 All of these events will affect the student's immigration status, so OISS needs to counsel students on the outcomes in person before the student takes any action.

International Student Concerns

 Go to http://tulane.edu/concerns and report any issues around student welfare, well-being, crime, or other challenges immediately

 The OISS receives Maxient reports about international students so that we can follow up. We depend on your contact with students to be able to help them in difficult situations.